Cornerstone Research affiliates Stanford Associate Professor M. Kate Bundorf

11 August 2016

Cornerstone Research has affiliated Stanford University Associate Professor M. Kate Bundorf. She will be called on to provide expert testimony in healthcare related cases for the firm’s clients. Bundorf’s expertise is in the health insurance markets, and she is, among others, a fellow at the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford School of Medicine’s Center for Health Policy.

M. Kate Bundorf has worked at Stanford University since 1999 and is an Associate Professor in health research and policy. Bundorf’s academic research is focused on the varying relationships between customers, regulations and public and private health systems. She has served as an expert witness and testified at depositions. She is a member of the Panel of Health Advisers of the US Congressional Budget Office and a board member of the Center for Health and Economy. In addition, she holds fellowships at a range of prestigious institutions and is widely venerated for the quality of her research. Bundorf briefly worked at ZS Associates as an Analyst between 1990 and 1992.

Bundorf holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.

Kate Bundorf - Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research has announced that Bundorf has affiliated with the economic and financial consulting firm. She will provide expert testimony on behalf of the firm in a range of healthcare related cases for its clients.

Cornerstone Research President and CEO Michael E. Burton, says, “Kate is a highly respected expert on consumers’ health insurance choices, and on the economics of the healthcare industry. We are enthusiastic about her joining our growing network of healthcare experts.”

Recent affiliates
Other recent Cornerstone Research affiliations include big data expert Florian Zettelmeyer, customer behaviour expert Olivier Toubia, accounting expert Wayne Guay, as well as agricultural economics and policy expert Daniel Sumner and big data expert Anindya Ghose.

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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.