Marsh appoints Christopher Schaper as CEO of Schinnerer Group

14 October 2016

Marsh has appointed Christopher Schaper as the CEO of the Schinnerer Group, one of the firm’s subsidiaries. In his new capacity, Shaper has been tasked with the expansion of the unit’s proposition across the globe, as well as developing innovative risk solutions for clients that leverage emerging capacity from capital markets. 

Prior to joining the Schinnerer Group, Christopher Schaper worked at Montpelier Reinsurance as its President for almost five years, as well as serving a number of years on the board of the company and its subsidiaries. Previously, Schaper worked at Endurance Specialty Insurance, in his most recent role, from 2006 until 2011, as Chief Underwriting Officer and Head of Reinsurance, and earlier, from 2002 until 2006, as Head of Casualty Treaty. Earlier roles held by Schaper include Director of Underwriting at Gerling Global Financial Products, National/Global Treaty Reinsurance at Employers Reinsurance Corporation/GE Capital, Casualty Insurance Underwriting Specialist at CIGNA Corporation, Multi-line Commercial Lines Underwriter at United States Fidelity and Guaranty (USF&G), and Senior Representative at the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), where she started his career in 1986.

Schaper holds a Master of Science in International Business and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. 

Christopher Schaper - Schinnerer Group

Marsh has appointed Schaper as the new CEO of Schinnerer Group, its managing general agent (MGA) business subsidiary*. In his new role, Schaper take responsibility for driving Marsh’s global MGA business, including focus on expanding the US and Canadian subsidiaries. In addition, he has been tasked with the development of innovative risk solutions for clients that leverage emerging capacity from capital markets, for which he will work closely with Guy Carpenter and Marsh, both subsidiaries of Marsh McLennan and Companies (MM&C). Other MM&C subsidiaries are Mercer, NERA Economic Consulting and Oliver Wyman. 

“Chris’ extensive industry and executive experience make him ideally qualified to lead the growth and development of our MGA business,” says John Drzik, Marsh Global Risk and Specialties, “We are pleased to welcome him to the Schinnerer Group.” 

* The Schinnerer Group is made up of two organisations, Victor O. Schinnerer in the US and MGA ENCON in Canada.


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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.