Willis Towers Watson rehires Steve Hardwick, joins as Director

04 July 2016 Consultancy.uk

Willis Towers Watson has hired Steve Hardwick, who worked for a predecessor of the firm for almost 15 years, as Director. Hardwick joins the firm’s London office from which he supports clients with developing business management and strategic support across the EMEA.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Steve Hardwick worked at Milliman in Stockholm where he was head of Consulting in the Nordics. Previously, from 2011 to 2013, he worked as an Executive Chairman at Nordic Specialist Finance. Earlier roles include Group CRO and Chief Actuary at Skandia; Regional Controller at Old Mutual; Consultant at Towers Perrin; Assistant Manager at Skandia in the UK; and Actuarial Trainee at Sun Life of Canada, where he started his career in 1982. Hardwick is a Fellow of Actuarial science at the Institute of Actuaries.

Steve Hardwick - Willis Towers Watson

Hardwick re-joins Willis Towers Watson as a Director, having worked for its predecessor between 1988 and 2002*. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, including expertise in, among others, strategy, reconstructions, mergers & acquisitions, asset/liability management, risk control, and other general management issues. He will work from London, where he takes responsibility for developing business management and strategic support for insurers across the EMEA.

Frank Schepers, Willis Towers Watson EMEA leader, comments, “I am delighted to be working with Steve again. Steve’s extensive experience will be a real asset to the UK Life business, which will also benefit from his considerable network and deep knowledge of the Nordics and Continental Europe. I am confident that his expertise will shape the business solutions being sought by our clients, which have rapidly evolved even over the last couple of years.”

Steve Hardwick says, "With Solvency II now part of business-as-usual, companies are facing fresh challenges posed by MiFID2, IFRS 4 and the threat and opportunity of digital, as well as the day-to-day matters of new sales, products, services and execution. I’m very much looking forward to harnessing the vast capability of the Willis Towers Watson group to address insurance industry issues like these and creating value for stakeholders.”

The appointment of Hardwick follows the recent appointments of Heloise Rossouw and Marcus Bowser as Willis Towers Watson continues to expand its UK Life business.

* In 2009 Towers Perrin merged with Watson Wyatt to establish Towers Watson. Early this year Willis Towers Watson was formed through the merger between Willis Group and Towers Watson.

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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.