RSM adds Partner in Reading and 14 trainees in Southampton

07 October 2016

Accounting and business advisory firm RSM has bolstered its Reading office with the hire of Neil Mellor, who joins as a Partner, and by taking on fourteen new graduates and school leavers in Southampton.

Neil Mellor, who joins the firm’s audit, assurance and advisory team, has over 15 years’ experience advising businesses across a wide range of sectors, including real estate, technology, consumer goods, transport and logistics. Prior to joining RSM, Mellor worked for PwC, where he started his career in 1999.

In his career to date, Mellor has worked with a range of clients from small start-ups and owner-managed businesses to larger mid-tier companies and multinational groups. He has also advised a number of private equity backed businesses at various stages of the investment cycle.

RSM adds 14 trainees in Southampton

At RSM, Mellor has been appointed a Partner, a role which will see him take responsibility for further growing the firm’s Reading office. Commenting on the hire, Ali Sapsford, Office Managing Partner at RSM in Reading, says “‘I’m delighted to welcome Neil to the team. He is well known and respected in the local business community and I am sure his knowledge and experience will be invaluable in helping our clients to achieve their goals.” 

Earlier this year RSM poached another senior adviser from a Big Four: Natasha Tomlinson, she transferred from EY and joined the firm’s Hull office as a Partner. RSM’s Manchester team recently added Alison Ashley (Partner) and Amanda Sayle (Associate Director) to its ranks.

In Southampton, RSM has expanded its team with the appointment of 14 new trainees. They include graduates and school leavers, and they will be supported to complete their professional ACA, AAT, ATT, ICAS, ACCA, CIA or CTA qualifications. The additions in Southampton are part of a record intake of 350 trainees across RSM’s UK office network, expanding the firm’s total headcount by around 10%.


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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.