PublicCo adds Bill McHugh and Anne Gregory to leadership team

14 June 2016 Consultancy.uk

PublicCo, a management consultancy that focuses on UK’s public sector, has in recent months bolstered its leadership team with two senior hires: Bill McHugh and Anne Gregory.

Bill McHugh is an experienced justice professional with extensive experience in senior roles as CEO of probation areas, Regional Offender Manager and through various high level secondments to the Ministry of Justice. He has in recent years led a number of national transformation programmes and initiatives, and was centrally involved in Transforming Rehabilitation, having scoped this within Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and successfully implemented it as CEO for the West Yorkshire Probation CRC. McHugh has also contributed to international work; helping to establish the Turkish Probation Service.

Anne Gregory has extensive expertise across all aspects of the business development cycle, with a focus on the public sector. She has held senior business development roles at Newcastle College Group, the education, training and employment organisation, and Intraining Group, the skills provider. Gregory has a strong track record in achieving high value contract wins with major government departments, including Department of Work and Pensions (Work Programme £100 million contract win), Skills Funding Agency (£60 million win), Welsh Assembly Government (£20 million win) and Skills Development Scotland (annual £10 million win), as well as Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence.

The Directors of PublicCo

McHugh, who joined PublicCo in Q2, has been appointed a Justice Director, while Gregory, who joined in Q1, has been named Director of Business Development. Other senior professionals at the firm are Stephen Martin (Director) and former KPMG advisor Joel Featherman (CEO).

PublicCo was founded in 2011 by Chris Melvin – he currently serves as Executive Chairman. The advisory firm is a joint venture with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to tackling disadvantage and promoting social inclusion.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.