RSM expands its Manchester operation with two senior hires

19 May 2016

RSM has scooped two experts, with backgrounds in tax and audit, from ASE Global. Alison Ashley joins RSM's team as a Partner, and will work in the firm’s audit practice, while Amanda Sayle joins the firm’s tax practice as an Associate Director. The new hires, both based in Manchester, reflect the firm’s continued organic growth as it seeks to expand its ranks in a region which is dubbed the ‘northern powerhouse’.

Prior to joining RSM, Alison Ashley worked for ASE Global, a specialist in motor trade specific accountancy and business advice, as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Professional Services division. During her more than four years at the firm, she was responsible for, among others, the corporate finance and tax departments. Previous roles include Director at PKF between 2007 and 2012, Senior Manager at PwC between 2001 and 2007, and Audit Senior at Grant Thornton, starting in 1999.

Amanda Sayle, prior to joining RSM, was a Tax Director at ASE Global from early 2015. She started at the firm in 2012 and was prior to that a Corporate Tax Manager at Bennett Brooks for around a year. Earlier in her career she worked at Harts for more than five years, in her last role as Corporate Tax Manager, and at Champion Chartered Accountants as a Corporate Tax Associate from 2005. Sayle holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She is a CTA from the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and an ATT from The Association of Taxation Technicians.

Alison Ashley, Amanda Sayle, Eric Solomons - RSM

In a bid to strengthen its audit, tax and consultancy capability in the North West of England, RSM has recently been expanding their talent in the region: Rebecca Reading was recently added as a Partner in its Manchester practice, while James Morris and Tina Mullington were promoted to Partner in Preston and Stoke. 

In Manchester, Ashley teams up with Reading, where she takes up the role of Partner and will work across multiple practices at the firm, providing regulatory, advisory and transactional support to the firm’s list of clients. Sayle joins the firm’s tax practice in Manchester as an Associate Director, bringing in more than 13 years of experience.

Eric Solomons, Office Managing Partner at RSM in Manchester, says: “It’s great to have Alison and Amanda on board.” He adds: “They both bring a wealth of experience and specialist technical and sector expertise that will support our clients to move forward. I am sure that their experience and credentials will further enhance our offering to clients and corporates in the North West. It’s an exciting time to be joining RSM, as we continue to grow our reach in the UK and internationally; and our ongoing commitment in investing in the right people is not only enhancing our capabilities and sector expertise, but it’s shaping our future firm.”

Ashley comments that she is “absolutely delighted” about the appointment, and looks forward to working for the RSM team. “The firm has seen an impressive level of growth that I now look forward to contributing towards. In particular, I believe that our offering across the North West region is unrivalled and I'm incredibly excited about being a part of that.”


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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.