RSM hires Darren Mee as Director and Andrew Manning as Partner

29 September 2016

Darren Mee and Andrew Manning have joined RSM. Mee returns to the firm as Director in its Birmingham office, after a two year gap during which he ran his own consultancy firm. Manning joins the firm as a Partner in the Bristol office, joining from Crowe Clark Whitehill where he was also a Partner.

Prior to re-joining RSM, Darren Mee founded Novus Modo Consulting, a consulting firm aimed at assisting law firms with performance improvement, implementing organisational change and the design new operating models. Previously, from 2011 until 2014, he worked at RSM, as an Associate Director in the firm’s Consulting practice, responsible for supporting clients through business process transformations. Earlier, he worked at Baker Tilly's management consultancy arm as a Senior Consultant, transferring to RSM following its acquisition in 2013. Mee started his career as a Quality Assurance Administrator at Albion Chemicals in 2003, before, in 2004, taking on the role of Worldwide Compliance Coordinator at GlaxoSmithKline. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Birmingham and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Warwick - Warwick Business School.

RSM has appointed Mee as a Director in its Birmingham office. Mee will leverage his more than 12 years of experience to support the firm’s mid-market clients, as well as forge new relationships, across the West and East Midlands – advising them on growth and strategy.

Darren Mee, Andrew Manning - RSM

Mark Taylor, RSM’s Managing Partner for the Central region, says the he is “delighted” to welcome Mee back to RSM. Taylor further says, “Not only does he have a unique ability to understand the challenges and opportunities facing individuals and businesses, he also has a genuine passion for helping them achieve their objectives. I am sure he will play a key role in helping expand RSM’s business in the Midlands.”

Prior to joining RSM, Andrew Manning worked at Crowe Clark Whitehill as a Partner, where he provided Internal Audit services to Not for Profit and public benefit entities. Previously, between 2001 and 2013, he worked at Deloitte as Director in his most recent role. Earlier in his career, Manning worked for the Ministry of Agriculture from 1990 until 1999, in his last role as a Senior Audit Manager. Manning attended the Cass Business School Institute of Internal Audit.

Manning brings more than 20 years of risk consulting, governance and internal audit to RSM, where he takes on the role of risk assurance Partner in the firm’s Bristol office. Through the addition, RSM boosts its local capacity for servicing the charity and central government sectors, says Mark Jones, RSM’s National Head of Internal Audit services.

Commenting on the appointment, Jones adds, “We already provide internal audit and risk consulting services to major charities and international NGOs as well as central government departments. Andrew’s strength and reputation in these sectors combined with the opportunities we already have with the Government Internal Audit Agency Framework and the firm’s existing charity credentials give us an excellent opportunity to grow our market share in these strategically important areas.”

In August RSM added former PwC Senior Manager Mark Wood to its Governance and Risk Consulting Service Group.


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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.