Mary Ann Hopkins leads Water & Environment business of Arcadis

21 October 2016

Arcadis has appointed Mary Ann Hopkins as global leader of its Water and Environment business lines. Hopkins joins the professional services firm from Parsons Corporation where she served as Group President, responsible for the worldwide operations of the company’s Federal arm.

Prior to joining Arcadis, Mary Ann Hopkins worked at Parsons Corporation in a number of roles gaining increasing levels of seniority since beginning at the firm in 1989. In Hopkins’ most recent role at the company, which she took on in 2012, she was Group President, responsible for the worldwide operations of the company’s Federal business unit – an arm with 4,200 staff and $1.1 billion in revenues. Previously, from 2009, Hopkins worked as Executive Vice President at the company, responsible for Direction of the company’s Global Business Development. Earlier roles include (Senior) Vice President of Business Development, from 2003 until 2009; Program Manager, from 1998 until 2003; Section Manager, from 1995 until 1998; and Project Engineer. Hopkins started at the firm in 1989.

Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and completed the Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business – Advanced Management Program. Hopkins is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Board Director position at International Relief & Development.

MaryAnn Hopkins - Arcadis

In her new role, as global leader of the firm’s Water and Environment business lines, Hopkins will lead the firm's operations in the two sectors. In addition, she has been named a member of Arcadis' Executive Board. Hopkins succeeds Zack Smith, who retired from the position in Q4 2015.

Commenting on the addition, Arcadis CEO Neil McArthur, says, “With clear strengths in business development, Mary Ann will ensure relentless client focus across the region. She will be a great fit to work with the regional leadership teams, as well as build out our global strategy for the Water and Environment businesses. With the strategic insights and operational expertise she brings, we look forward to working with her."

Hopkins says that she is “very excited" to join Arcadis, a firm she has always respected. "I look forward to working with all of the talented staff, and the regional leadership teams at Arcadis to make meaningful contributions in North America, positioning Latin America for future growth, and leading Water & Environment. My passion for ensuring clients receive the best of what we can offer aligns perfectly with Arcadis' core values of Client Focus and Collaboration."


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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.