Barnett Waddingham and RSM add experts to consulting teams

18 August 2016

Barnett Waddingham and RSM have bolstered their consulting teams with Liam Mayne and Mark Wood respectively. Mayne joins from Aon Hewitt, where he served as a Principal Consultant, while Wood makes the move from PwC, where he worked for nearly 13 years.

After obtaining his Master of Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, Liam Mayne started his career with Aon Hewitt in the summer of 2005. He spent more than ten years with the HR consultancy firm, part of professional services giant Aon. Throughout his spell he advised companies on a wide range of pension issues, primarily related to their legacy defined benefit pension plans. He also advised clients – which included global banks, multi-national and UK-based firms – on matters related to M&A activity, risk reduction, scheme funding negotiations, benefit design changes and accounting disclosures. In his last role Mayne served as a Principal Consultant and was, since December last year, Head of Aon Hewitt's London Corporate Team (around 30 team members).

Last month Mayne decided to embark on a new adventure, joining Barnett Waddingham, with nearly 700 staff across seven locations around the UK one of the largest independent providers of actuarial, administration and consultancy services. “I am joining Barnett Waddingham at an exciting time of growth for the firm. I hope to combine my experience at Aon Hewitt with the fantastic and award-winning work the firm has done to date to bring more companies the best of what Barnett Waddingham has to offer. I look forward to helping the firm continue its growth plan by supporting companies with the ever-increasing challenge of managing their pension issues, whatever they may be,” comments Mayne.Liam Mayne, Nick Griggs, Barnett Waddingham  -  Mark Wood, Matthew Humphrey, RSMMayne has joined Barnett Waddingham’s Corporate Consulting practice, which consist of around 65 corporate pension specialists, and will work with companies of all sizes to support them with their pension issues. Nick Griggs, head of Corporate Consulting at Barnett Waddingham, says, about the latest addition to the firm’s ranks, “We are thrilled to have Liam join our growing team. He brings a wealth of experience of advising large companies on their DB pensions issues and will be focusing on our expanding client base in this area.” 

Mark Wood joins RSM from PwC where he worked as a Senior Manager within the risk assurance team for nearly 13 years. He previously worked at Deloitte for five years specialising in the public and financial services sectors. Wood is a qualified accountant, and he has also worked within the NHS, including high profile engagements, such as the Keogh review and the capability and capacity assessments of Clinical Commissioning Groups for NHS England.

In his new role, Wood will enhance the Governance and Risk Consulting Service Group at RSM and will focus on strengthening the service offering to support more clients in the North. He will also provide governance and risk advice to a large portfolio of clients. Wood brings with him extensive experience in risk assurance, risk management and governance, including internal audit, financial due diligence and programme assurance, to the role, with a focus on the health, charities, central government, education and social housing sectors, as well as the financial services sector.

Matthew Humphrey, RSM Partner and Head of Governance and Risk Consulting Service Group in the UK, says that Wood will be “a real asset to the team”, adding that he is excited to have him on board. “Our consulting team is one of the fastest growing practices in the UK, so Mark joins us at an exciting time. He brings an extensive range of governance and risk management experience that will strengthen our offering and help our growing portfolio of clients across the North.”

Wood says he is delighted to join RSM, and further states “I’m looking forward to drawing on this experience and supporting RSM in providing a client focussed consulting and advisory service to a variety of clients in these challenging and uncertain times.”

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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.