Grant Thornton appoints Deena Mattar as Non Executive Director

20 May 2016

Grant Thornton has appointed Deena Mattar as an independent non-executive on the firm’s UK Partnership Oversight Board. She brings extensive experience in restructuring, business refinancing and strategic planning to the board, as well as access to a wide network of intuitional stakeholders and analysts in the city.

Deena Mattar has extensive experience as a Non Executive Director, currently working as a Non Executive Director at the Wates Group, since 2013, and at RM Education, since 2011. Earlier Non Executive Director roles include a three year stint at Invensys, between 2011 and 2014, and a year at Lamprell, between 2012 and 2013. Previously, Mattar worked at the Kier Group, in her last role as the Group Finance Director, between 2001 and 2010, and as Divisional Finance Director between 1998 and 2001. Preceding that, she worked at KPMG in London for twelve years, in her last role as a Senior Manager in the property and construction division. Mattar is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Deena Mattar, Ed Warner - Grant Thornton

Mattar joins Grant Thornton as independent non-executive on the firm’s Partnership Oversight Board. She brings in considerable experience in restructuring, business refinancing and strategic planning to the board, as well as being able to leverage her extensive knowledge of the city and strong relationships with a range of intuitional stakeholders and analysts.

Ed Warner, who was named Chair of Grant Thornton's Partnership Oversight Board in March this year, comments that the firm is "delighted” in welcoming Mattar to the role. He adds: “Her extensive experience will provide valuable support to the board as she focuses on further driving our quality agenda and the firm continues to move towards its ambition of becoming the go-to firm for growth.”

Commenting on her new role, Mattar says: “Grant Thornton's focus on quality and excellence and its innovative approach to working, with both its people and its clients, gives it a strong presence in the marketplace. I am looking forward to working with the leadership team to help to ensure this continues and assist in their on-going success.”


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.