Alpha FMC appoints Adrian Keen as new CFO, tasked with growth

06 September 2016 Consultancy.uk

Alpha FMC has hired Adrian Keen as its new Chief Financial Officer. Keen, who joins from Anesco, will be tasked with supporting the company reach its growth ambitions in the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Alpha Financial Markets Consulting (Alpha FMC), Adrian Keen worked at Anesco as its Chief Financial Officer. During his almost four years at the UK-based energy efficiency solutions company, Keen presided over the financial side of the business – Anesco grew its revenue from £21 million to £200 million. Previously, from 2009 until 2011, Keen worked at Liquid Repellent Nano-Coating Technology firm P2i as Financial Controller, and, between 2008 and 2009, as a Financial Accountant at security software and hardware company, Sophos. Earlier in his career Keen worked at Big Four professional services firm KPMG as an Auditor.

Keen holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Southampton, is a chartered accountant and ICAEW member.

 Adrian Keen - Alpha FMC

Alpha FMC’s announcement sees Keen appointed to the role of CFO at the group, bringing considerable experience in the scaling of private-equity owned businesses with international operations – private equity firm Dunedin recently invested £80 million into the business advisory. Since its inception over 13 years ago, Alpha FMC has grown to a team of 170 employees and 50 associates based in 7 offices globally.

Keen will be tasked with working with the rest of the senior team within the group, to oversee the firm’s financial operations as it charts further ambitious domestic and international growth.

Euan Fraser, Global Chief Executive Officer of Alpha FMC, says, “Alpha has grown significantly in recent years and it is more important than ever that we have a strong CFO to support us with our future ambitions. Adrian has a great track record working in a private equity backed environment and I am delighted that he is joining the Alpha Director team”.

Adrian Keen remarks that he is “delighted” to join the team at Alpha during such an “exciting” time for the firm. He further adds, “Alpha is a global leader with ambitious yet highly credible plans for further growth, and I look forward to being part of such an impressive team.”

Earlier this year Alpha FMC added Ken Fry as Non-Executive Director to its Board of Directors, while in the US the asset management specialist hired KPMG partner John Schneider – he works in Alpha FMC's Boston office.

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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.