Heloise Rossouw joins Willis Towers Watson UK as Senior Consultant

16 June 2016 Consultancy.uk

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Heloise Rossouw as Senior Consultant in its UK office. Rossouw, a former actuary at EY, has been tasked with further growing the firm’s insurance management consultancy business.

Heloise Rossouw most recently worked at Old Mutual, where she helped to develop the company’s Group strategy and business plan. Prior to that, she served as the Head of Risk and Capital Integration at the investment and insurance group. She started her career with Metropolitan Life, where she held various roles, and subsequently spent three years with accounting and consulting giant EY prior to joining Old Mutual.

At Willis Towers Watson, Rossouw joins the firm’s Insurance Management Consultancy (IMC) team, bringing with her over 13 years of experience specialising in life actuarial work. She will be responsible for developing new strategies to ensure life insurers have access to bespoke products and services that reflect their individual needs, as the sector continues to face a volatile risk environment, exacerbated by regulatory change, a modest global growth outlook and persistently low interest rates.

Heloise Rossouw joins Willis Towers Watson in the UK

According to Claire Farrelly, EMEA Life Sales & Practice Leader for Willis Towers Watson, Rossouw’s UK and international expertise in both the insurance and banking sectors will be a significant asset to the firm. “We are delighted Heloise is joining our team. Her considerable business-development and relationship-management experience will be a major asset and instrumental in strengthening our client offering. The whole team that focuses on the life insurance sector looks very much looks forward to working with Heloise." 

Commenting on hew new challenge, Rossouw says: “Willis Towers Watson’s Life practice is highly regarded throughout the industry and I am thrilled to be joining this team. This is both a difficult and exciting period for the UK life insurance industry, which is in the middle of a fundamental transformation, and I look forward to working with our clients to help them identify opportunities for profitable growth during these challenging times.”

The appointment follows the recent appointment of Marcus Bowser to the position of UK Life Sales and Practice Leader.

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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.