Senior advisers join AlixPartners and The Brattle Group in the US

31 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

Elaine Buckberg recently joined The Brattle Group as Principal in its Washington D.C. office, bringing extensive expert testimony and policy expertise to the firm. David Hindman has joined AlixPartners as a Managing Director in the firm’s newly opened Houston office, focused on turnaround and restructuring within the energy segment.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, David Hindman worked at a boutique consultancy firm as a Managing Director for just over a year. Previously, from 2014 until 2010, Hindman worked at Centrica, most recently as a Senior Vice President and General Manager of the group’s US Retail business, and previously, until 2014, as Vice President of the firm’s North American Commodity Supply and Head of TX Upstream and Trading. Between 2003 and 2010, Hindman worked at McKinsey & Company, latterly as a Junior Partner, where he led the firm’s Energy and Corporate Finance practices. Earlier roles include Restructuring Advisor at UBS Investment Bank, Private Equity Associate at Thayer Capital Partners and Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, where he started his career in 1998.

Hindman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Corporate Finance and General Management from the Harvard Business School.

David Hindman, Simon Freakley - AlixPartners

In his new role, Hindman joins the firm’s Turnaround and Restructuring team at its newly opened Houston office as a Managing Director. In his new role, Hindman will work with the firm’s regional energy sector clients, many of whom are currently facing considerable market stresses from below breakeven commodity prices.

Simon Freakley, CEO at AlixPartners, says, "David has a considerable breadth of experience, both in consulting and the energy sector, and we're delighted to welcome him to the team. AlixPartners is widely recognised for its expertise and strong record in working with companies to make a difference in high-impact situations and deliver sustainable results. David’s appointment further enhances our unique offering and deepens the expertise of our Houston based team."

Prior to joining The Brattle Group, Elaine Buckberg worked at the US Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination for almost three years. Previously, she worked at NERA Economic Consulting for more than 12 years, where she held the role of Senior Vice President, providing expert testimony in the US and Europe on issues pertaining to financial services criminal investigation. Earlier in her career, Buckberg worked at Morgan Stanley as a Vice President, at the International Monetary Fund as an Economist, and as a lecturer, first at Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education as an assistant professor, then at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business as a Professorial Lecturer. Buckberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elaine Buckberg, Alexis Maniatis - The Brattle Group

The announcement sees Buckberg join The Brattle Group as Principal, based out of its Washington, D.C. office. Buckberg brings more than 20 years of professional service experience to the firm, covering a range of areas of expertise, including expert witness testimony as well as regulatory and policy development and implementation.

Brattle President Alexis Maniatis remarks, “Elaine’s experience as a testifying expert and industry practitioner deepens our financial litigation and regulation teams. Her involvement in major economic policy initiatives and high-profile consulting engagements will be an asset to Brattle clients and colleagues.”

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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.