Andrew Kail leads Financial Services practice of PwC in UK

27 June 2016

PwC’s UK Financial Services practice has appointed Andrew Kail as its new leader. Kail, who succeeds Kevin Burrowes next month, has more than 25 years of financial services experience.

Andrew Kail has worked at PwC since 2001, in his most recent role he was Senior Partner and the head of the firm’s financial services Assurance practice. Previously, from 2008 to 2011, he headed PwC UK’s Insurance Group. Kail holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manchester, and has been a Member of London Leadership Team for Business in the Community since 2013.

From 1 July 2016, Kail will take over leadership of PwC’s UK financial services unit, one of the firm’s largest industry groups, from Kevin Burrowes. Kail brings more than 25 year of financial service experience to the role, which includes being the lead partner to a range of PwC’s FTSE100 and FTSE250 audits. In his new role, he will be responsible for supporting clients deal with a range of uncertainties that beset the market, including new business models and the threat from nimble competitors. Burrowes, who started in the role in 2013 and has worked for PwC for more than 22 years, joins the firm’s UK executive board from 1 July as head of Clients & Markets.

Andrew Kail, Kevin Burrowes - PwC

Kail says that he is “delighted” with his promotion, stating “We have a fantastic business with an exceptional client base and an amazing team of people within it. It is a privilege to be trusted with its leadership and I am very excited about the future.” Commenting on the outlook in the industry, Kail remarks “Given the level of change [the financial services industry is undergoing] I am confident that the need for world class professional services will remain high. To help our clients we are investing significantly in areas such as risk and regulation, cyber, data analytics and technology, including Fintech.”

According to a recent study by EY, optimism of European banking executives is at a 4 year low, in part due to the rise of competition from, among others, FinTechs – a $19 billion market – and large technology players pushing into the space. A recent analysis by Oliver Wyman found that, if the financial services industry sticks to the status quo, the sector will face a $1 trillion value shift in the coming years.



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.