Matthew Ford joins Willis Towers Watson as Life Consulting lead

22 August 2016

Matthew Ford has joined Willis Towers Watson as a Director from Prudential Assurance. Ford will lead Willis Towers Watson’s London Life Consulting service line, in a client facing role that aims at expanding the capital and risk management solutions proposition of the practice.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Matthew Ford worked at Prudential Assurance as an Actuarial Director – a position he was promoted to in 2014 – and in which he was responsible for the firm’s Solvency II IMAP application. Ford was previously the firm’s Business Development Actuary, where he, from London, was the lead for the domestication of the Hong Kong branch. Ford joined the firm in 2004, first taking on the role of Financial Reporting Actuary, following which, between 2008 and 2011 he served as a Management Actuary. Earlier roles include Director of PwC’s UK Life Practice, where he worked from 1997 until 2004; and Actuary at Aviva, where he started his career in 1989.

Ford holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He is an Adviser to Trustees of The Grassroots Trust.

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Ford joins Willis Towers Watson as Director and lead of the firm’s London Life Consulting practice. The client facing role will draw on Ford’s more than 25 years of actuary and advisory experience, to further build out the practices’ capital and risk management solutions proposition, particularly in the areas of Solvency II implementation and capital management.

Graham Fulcher, RCS Managing Director and UK and Ireland Leader at Willis Towers Watson, says that the firm is “delighted” to have Ford join the team. Fulcher adds, “We look forward to leveraging his ‘big company’ experience and knowledge to ensure we continue to provide our clients with the innovative insights and business solutions that will deliver improved business performance, as the sector continues to face a volatile and challenging risk environment, exacerbated by regulatory change.”

Matthew Ford says, “Solvency II is forcing insurers to optimise their balance sheet and manage its volatility at a time when other factors – including pensions freedom and digitisation – are causing them to adapt their business models. A key attraction of Willis Towers Watson to me is the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of its people and I am really looking forward to working with them to address these real issues for clients.”

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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.