Ricardo names Shimin Yang local country lead for China

23 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

Ricardo Energy & Environment recently visited a range of potential clients, from governments to business and non-profits, in China to provide insights into its range of services that fit in with the country’s current five year plan. To follow up and represent the firm’s interests in the country, Shimin Yang will combine his role at Ricardo Shanghai with that of ‘in country lead’ – supporting the consultancy’s ongoing work in China.

Shimin Yang currently serves as Vice President and Chief Representative of Ricardo at its Shanghai office. Earlier roles include Chief Representative and Business Development Manager of JCI; Engineer and Automotive Section Chief for the department of Ministry of Machinery Industry; and Assistant Engineer at the engine test section for DongFeng Motor Group. He today too serves as Assistant Chairman at CCPIT-Auto.

Yang holds a Bachelors degree and Master’s degree of engine engineering and automotive engineering from Tsinghua University.

Shimin Yang

The Chinese government is implementing its latest five year plan, which is partly focused on environmental protection: the new plan has considerable ambitions to improve a range of environmental metrics. A high level delegation from Ricardo Energy & Environment, led by Managing Director Tim Curtis, recently visited the country to speak with representatives of government, academic and not-for-profit organisations that are working towards realising environmentally compliant air quality, water, waste, transport and energy programmes.

The meetings allowed the firm to showcase its wide range of offerings within the environmental sustainability space, as well as highlight its work with governments and organisations throughout Asia. As part of the continuation of dialogue with the various stakeholders, Yang will combine his role at Ricardo Shanghai with that of ‘in country lead’ – supporting the consultancy’s ongoing work in China.

Curtis says that the firm is “delighted” to be working closely with Yang and Ricardo Shanghai to share its knowledge and experience with the scientific community in China. “I hope that our enhanced presence in the country and closer working relationship with Chinese organisations will provide opportunities to make a valuable contribution to the country’s long term environmental sustainability plans” he further remarks.

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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.