Helen Bailey succeeds Martin Cresswell as iMPOWER Chief Executive

17 June 2016 Consultancy.uk

iMPOWER has named Helen Bailey, the Chief Operating Officer of Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, as its new Chief Executive. Bailey takes on the role on the 1st August 2016 and succeeds Martin Cresswell, who has led the public sector consultancy for over eight years.

Founded in 1999, iMPOWER is a management consulting firm dedicated to the UK’s public sector, with a focus on the local government. The business advisory supports clients with advisory insights and execution capacity in the field of, among others, public policy, adult social care, healthcare, innovation and digitisation of public sector delivery models.

Since 2007 the consultancy, based in London, has been run by Chief Executive Martin Cresswell – under his leadership iMPOWER has grown from a small business into a consultancy with nearly 50 employees. Following eight years at the head of the firm, Cresswell, who prior to joining iMPOWER spent eight years with Deloitte Consulting and KPMG Advisory, has decided to transition into the role of Vice Chairman of iMPOWER’s Board. He will be replaced at the helm by Helen Bailey, an experienced professional with near two decades in public services.

Bailey currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at MOPAC (Mayors Office for Police and Crime), a position she took up in November 2012. Prior to that, she has held positions as Chief Executive of Local Partnerships, Director of Public Services at HMT and Chief Executive of Islington Council. She spent around six years as the top officer at the London borough from August 2002, during which time the council has shot up the CPA ratings from 'poor' to 'good'. She started her career with Greater London Council, after which she worked for two years as a Consultant at accounting and consulting firm PwC.

Helen Bailey succeeds Martin Cresswell as iMPOWER Chief Executive

Commenting on her new challenge, effective per the 1st August, Bailey says she is “delighted to be joining iMPOWER” at a time which she describes as “an important moment” in the firm’s history. “Having grown and developed extensively under Martin Cresswell, I know that the foundations upon which I build are solid. iMPOWER’s work in recent years has been particularly powerful, taking demand led thinking from the fringe into the mainstream and leading the call for a profound rethink of the way we work with people to deliver change in public services.”

Bailey remarks that she will continue to pursue the strategy introduced under Cresswell’s leadership, adding however that she believes the consultancy enjoys the potential to strive for further development. “The organisation must now aim higher still. I am passionate about public service and I look forward to taking iMPOWER into the future, growing the organisation and supporting our clients to make public services fit for the communities they serve.”

Cresswell comments he couldn’t have wished for a more capable and accomplished individual than Helen Bailey, stating “Helen’s experience, with near two decades at the very top of public services, make her the ideal candidate. Helen will help iMPOWER to grow further and continue its mission of making public services fit for the 21st century.” In his new role Cresswell will spend more time working on the more client-facing and commercial endeavours of the consultancy.

Last year iMPOWER was highly commended by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) for a Change Management project it delivered with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.


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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.