Chairwoman Capgemini leads governmental institution

17 December 2014

The UK Government has set up a new governmental institution that aims at creating links between schools and businesses to provide youngsters advice needed to make informed career choices and prepare them for the rest of their lives. The new company that will receive £20 million start-up money will be led by Capgemini UK Chairman Christine Hodgson.

The UK Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan has announced the establishment of a new government-funded careers advice company that will aim at fostering links between schools and businesses and focus on careers education for those aged 12 to 18. “[The new company] will herald a step change in the quality of careers inspiration, advice and guidance provided to all young people – paying no regard to ability, interest or background. And it will help to realise our ambition of ensuring every child leaves school or college prepared for life in modern Britain,” says Morgan.

The company has been set up as a response to fears that careers advice has worsened since responsibility was handed over from local authorities to schools two years ago*. Morgan explains: “Some schools and colleges are doing great things to ensure that their students access the necessary support, but too often provision is patchy. The challenge before us is how to ensure every young person in every part of the country has access to them.”

UK government establishes careers advice company

The new body will not directly deliver careers, but act as an umbrella organisation to help employers, schools and colleges and other organisations work together in partnership. The body will assist existing providers to develop better careers guidance and coordinate their activities where appropriate. The company will work closely with the National Careers Service (NCS) and will not act in competition with the many the existing providers. The UK Government will support the new company with £20 million in start-up funding in 2015-16, a quarter of which will constitute an ‘Investment Fund to support innovation and stimulate good practice across the country’.

Christine Hodgson - Capgemini

Capgemini’s UK Chairman Christine Hodgson has been appointed to chair the new company, a function she will take up in addition to her current roles. Hodgson joined Capgemini in 1997 and has fulfilled different roles, including CFO Global Outsourcing, CEO Technology Services North West Europe, Member of Group Management Committee, before she was appointed Chairman in 2011. In addition to her roles at consulting firm Capgemini, Hodgson acts as Non-Executive Director for both the Standard Chartered Bank and gaming company Ladbrokes.

* Research published on Wednesday 10 December 2014, by schools regulator Ofsted, showed that too many schools fail to give their students the information, advice and guidance needed to help them make informed choices and that apprenticeships are still seen as a ‘low status’ choice. Recent research by counterpart EY also highlighted the lack of information on alternatives to university given to students by their parents. According to the firm, this is the result of the combination of the lower importance given to these alternatives and the lack of easily found information.



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.