KPMG partner John Schneider joins Alpha FMC in Boston

22 June 2016

Alpha FMC has hired John Schneider as an Executive Vice President and lead of the firm’s Compliance and Regulatory practice. The addition boosts the Alpha FMC’s recently launched dedicated Compliance and Regulatory Practice.

Prior to joining Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, John Schneider was a Partner at KPMG where he, for more than five years, led the firm’s US Investment Management Regulatory Practice, focusing on supporting regulatory efforts for asset managers across all industry segments including mutual funds and alternative managers. Previously, between 2003 and 2010, Schneider was a Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, where he headed the consulting firm’s Investment Management Regulatory Practice. Between 1998 and 2003, Schneider was a Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Scranton and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Boston University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is Certified in Financial Forensics.

Alpha FMC has appointed Schneider to the role of Executive Vice President and Compliance and Regulatory Lead. He brings more than 25 years of experience in, among others, risk advisory, due diligence, compliance transformation, regulatory exams and forensics. The addition further boost the firm’s capabilities to assist clients with a broad array of global regulatory needs, and continues the development of the recently launched dedicated Compliance and Regulatory Practice. Other recent additions to the practice include Andrew Glessing as a Director and Mikko Ala-Ilomaki as a Principal. 

John Schneider, Euan Fraser - Alpha FMC

Euan Fraser, Alpha FMC Global Chief Executive Officer, says that the firm is “extremely excited” about the increased globalisation of its Compliance & Regulatory practice. He adds “The global practice builds upon Alpha’s existing capabilities and enable us to help our client respond to the growing complexity of regulatory requirements. Alpha already has a strong track-record of supporting our clients with their compliance and regulatory initiatives and adding John to our team deepens our capabilities and provides a new range of services to our global clients.”

John Schneider remarks that he looks forward to helping the consultancy build its global Compliance and Regulatory Practice. He states “With the regulatory environment continuing to evolve, evidenced by the many proposed rules, we see a continuing trend toward greater transparency and an escalating focus on an organisation’s compliance culture. I look forward to being able to provide our clients with a global perspective on regulatory change, risk management, processes and technologies and best practices on regulatory remediation.”


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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.