Mercers hires Andrew Steels as HR Effectiveness Principal

07 June 2016

Mercer has hired Andrew Steels as a HR Effectiveness Principal, he joins the firm’s London Office. Steels, most recently co-founding his own HR Consultancy, brings more than 17 years of industry experience at Willis Towers Watson and KPMG to the consultancy, and takes on responsibility for further growing Mercer's HR Effectiveness practice in the UK.

Prior to joining Mercer, Andrew Steels was a Director and Independent HR Consultant at his in 2015 co-founded company, BeeHive Associates. Steels has considerable HR and management consulting experience; he was previously the Practice Lead HR Service Delivery at Willis Towers Watson, where he worked since 2007, before which he was a Senior Manager at KPMG, specialising in performance improvement across the public sector. Steels joined the Big Four accounting and consulting giant in 1999.

Steels holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lancaster University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham and attended the Ashridge Executive Education at the Hult International Business School.

Andrew Steels, Mark Quinn - Mercer

Steels join’s Mercer’s Talent business as a HR Effectiveness Principal, and is based in the firm’s London office. The consultancy is experiencing increased demand from clients and companies seeking support in structuring and enabling their HR functions to deliver against future business requirements. Steels will take responsibility for leading the development, growth and delivery of its HR Effectiveness business.

Mark Quinn, Head of Mercer’s UK Talent business, says that the firm is “delighted” about bringing in Steels. Quinn further says Steels is "an expert in his field" and "will be a key asset to our clients as they seek to ‘future-proof’ their HR functions.” In line with the firm’s commitment to a flexible work offering, Steels will work a three day working week.

“I am pleased to be joining such a strong Talent team at Mercer,” adds Steels. “I look forward to advising clients as they build HR teams that are fit to deliver the business impact needed in an increasingly complex business environment."


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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.