Baker Tilly hires experienced operations officer Jacqueline Wiggins

25 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

Jacqueline Wiggins takes on the role of Chief of Staff at US Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, she joins the firm from Inforum where she was COO. In her new role, Wiggins takes responsibility for driving execution of key strategic priorities set by the firm’s executive.

Prior to joining Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Jacqueline Wiggins was the Chief Operating Officer at Inforum starting from 2012. Her key responsibilities included overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation in conjunction with its CEO, overseeing all marketing, communication and key messaging, and establishing and directing operational infrastructure and processes, among others. Previously, between 2011 and 2012, Wiggins was the Chief Strategy Officer at Intersect Business Strategies. Earlier roles saw Wiggins work in top level roles at two major financial institutions: most recently at Citizens Financial Group, as its Senior Vice President and Director of Executive Communications and Engagement, from 2005 to 2011, and Senior Vice President in Public Affairs, from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that, Wiggins worked at ABN AMRO, between 1998 and 2005, in her last role as First Vice President and Marketing Director.

Wiggins holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University and a Master of Science in Finance in Financial Economics from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

Jacqueline Wiggins - Baker Tilly

Wiggins takes on a new challenge as Chief of Staff at Baker Tilly. In her new role, Wiggins will be responsible for driving, and supporting, leadership initiatives across the firm, including strategic planning, operations, administrative and executive operations. In addition, she will translate strategic priorities into actionable and qualitative plans aligned to Baker Tilly’s strategic direction. She will work closely with stakeholders and the office of the CEO.

Baker Tilly CEO, Alan Whitman, says that the firm is “very pleased” about the addition of Jacqueline to Baker Tilly. Whitman adds “As we grow and build upon our position of leadership in the profession, we will continue to advance our strategic priorities. Jacqueline will enable those efforts by providing innovative and forward thinking leadership to facilitate collaboration and execution across the firm.”

Wiggins responds that she is “proud to join Baker Tilly”, reflecting that it is “a growing organisation that continues to increase its national presence. They are innovators in people, process and client service and I am looking forward to helping advance the firm’s core strategies.”

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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.