Mairead Warren de Búrca and Dwight Hill join Alvarez & Marsal

25 October 2016

Alvarez & Marsal has in recent weeks added two experienced consultants to its senior ranks. Mairéad Warren de Búrca joins from EY, she has been appointed a Managing Director in the UK, while across the Atlantic, former Deloitte Consulting partner Dwight Hill has been named a Senior Director.

Mairéad Warren de Búrca brings more than 20 years’ experience, having advised clients across all industry sectors on domestic and international value-added tax (VAT) issues, insolvencies and corporate transactions. Her expertise ranges from advisory around VAT cash flow opportunities, restructuring, contingency planning and running the VAT for formal trading insolvencies. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), Warren de Búrca spent 16 years at EY as a Executive Director, leading the firm’s VAT work around mergers and acquisitions, business restructurings and insolvencies as well as providing general VAT advisory services. Since 2006 she specialises in private equity, corporate transactions, and restructuring and insolvency projects.

In her new role, Warren de Búrca will spearhead A&M’s VAT practice in the UK, which is part of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, an affiliate of the global professional services firm. Reflecting on her appointment, David Pert, Managing Director and head of A&M’s Tax practice, says, “As companies’ tax affairs continue to be under greater public scrutiny, Mairéad’s arrival marks an important milestone in expanding our tax advisory practice. She has thorough understanding of how to navigate the complex indirect tax landscape, particularly in light of the EU referendum result, and will significantly boost A&M’s capability to assist with strategic tax planning.”

Mairéad Warren de Búrca, David Pert, Dwight Hill, Joseph Berardino

Dwight Hill brings more than 25 years of experience to the consultancy as both a retailer and a consultant to retailers. He spent half of his career in leadership roles ranging from Buyer to Vice President level positions with Neiman Marcus, Michaels Stores and Zale’s. On the consulting side, he spent nearly nine years at Deloitte Consulting, where he, for the most part, served in the firm’s retail consulting arm. Prior to joining A&M, Hill worked for The Retail Advisory, his own consultancy dedicated to serving the retail industry, and, after he integrated his own business into McMillan Doolittle in August 2014, for the Chicago-based retail specialist.

Hill has extensive experience with streamlining store operations as well as designing and implementing programmes to help reduce costs and improve earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), productivity and working capital. He has throughout his career led multiple selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) analysis projects for large and small retailers

In his new role, Hill, who holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, will help retail clients create flexible shopping experiences for their customers, advance their competitive edge and grow their market share. Joseph Berardino, leader of the firm’s Corporate Transformation Services practice, comments: “Dwight’s expertise and our firm’s operational excellence will allow us to continue to bring real solutions to clients who are facing change and disruption while trying to transform their businesses to meet customer demands.”

Hill joins as a Senior Director and will be based in Alvarez & Marsal’s Dallas office.

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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.