Sacha Romanovitch new CEO Grant Thornton UK

18 December 2014

Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton has appointed Sacha Romanovitch as its new CEO, effective June 2015. Romanovitch succeeds Scott Barnes, who in turn will take on the role of Chairman of the Grant Thornton International Board.

Sacha Romanovitch has been with Grant Thornton for more than two decades, joining the firm in 1990 after she graduated with a MA in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. During her tenure, she has held a series of varying roles within both the accounting, audit and consulting practices. Between 2002 to 2007 she led the London Audit and Tax practice, and more recently she led Grant Thornton's Advisory business in London, the largest and fastest growing part of the firm. Romanovitch has been part of the leadership team since 2008, with the remit for developing the firm’s people and culture.

Sacha Ramanovitch and Scott Barnes - Grant Thornton

Per June 2015 Romanovitch has been elected the new CEO, succeeding Scott Barnes, who leads the firm since 2008 and currently is serving his final term*. Under Barnes’ leadership Grant Thornton has had a strong spell, achieving revenues of more than £500 million in the past fiscal year, granting Romanovitch the challenging tasking of continuing the growth momentum. Commenting on the change of leadership, Barnes says: “I'm delighted to confirm that Sacha will be leading the firm from next summer. We set out a clearly defined strategy for growth, Ambition 2015, three years ago and she is the right person to take this forward.”

In the coming six months Barnes and Romanovitch will work closely together to ensure a smooth handover of external and internal responsibilities. Barnes, who has been with the advisory company since 1994, will remain active within the firm, and takes on the role of Chairman of the Grant Thornton International Board.

"I have worked closely with Scott on his board for the last seven years, and am exhilarated to be taking over the great work he has already achieved,” says Romanovitch.

* Prior to being named CEO, Barnes was head of Advisory in the UK and then global head of Advisory.


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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.