Steer Davies Gleave hires Russell Yell as Associate Director of UK Planning

27 July 2016

Steer Davies Gleave has hired Russell Yell, who joins the firm as an Associate Director in its UK Planning Team. Yell will support the firm’s clients get to grips with the transport and smart city technologies that may come to disrupt their current business models and services.

Prior to joining Steer Davies Gleave (SDG), Russell Yell was a Director at Movement Strategies for almost three years. Previously he worked at AECOM Australia as a Principal Consultant within the firm’s Infrastructure Advisory segment. Earlier roles include a brief stint as Principal of Transport at Scott Carver in 2010; Senior Transport Engineer at Cardno from 2009 until 2010; Senior Planner at Arup from 2006 until 2009; Planner at Colin Buchanan from 2005 until 2006; and Traffic Engineer for Transport for London, where he started his career in 2002.

Yell attended the Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University and the University of Leeds for his higher education.

Russell Yell - Steer Davies Gleave

Throughout his career, Yell has accumulated a wealth of expertise in the area of transport planning and urban mobility issues. He is, for instance, well versed in leading the delivery of location insights at sports and entertainment events, in which real-time data supports solutions for, among others, visitor experience and safety. These insights, In collaboration with data collected by UCL and other universities, are supporting the development of a Smart Sustainable District in Europe.

SDG has appointed Yell as Associate Director in the firm’s UK Planning Team. In the role, Yell is tasked with the development of the firm’s Intelligent Mobility and Big Data insights offerings. Yell will work with clients to improve their understanding of the benefits of new (disruptive) technology across their business and the changing ecosystem in which many find themselves, including those affecting transport and cities.

Sharon Daly, Head of Planning at Steer Davies Gleave, says, “Having Russell join our team is really exciting. We aim to bring to our clients quality, insight and innovation in transport and development advice and Russell’s experience and energy will no doubt enhance our existing capabilities.”

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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.