Stephen Jones joins turnaround consultancy KSA as Regional Manager

26 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

National financial advisory firm KSA Group has appointed Stephen Jones as Regional Manager for the firm’s East London and Eastern Counties.

Stephen Jones qualified in 1986 and has extensive experience in SME and owner-run businesses, including the turnaround of loss-making companies. He was also a finance director on the board of a national firm of independent financial advisors, that faced difficulties during the financial crisis of 2008, a period that provided him with first-hand experience of what it is like to be under cash flow pressure. 

In his new role at KSA Group, a turnaround and insolvency specialist with six offices in the UK, Jones has been charged with managing the firm’s client bases across East London, as well as the wider areas of the South East and East Anglia. He will serve business owners and company directors across all industries in need of expert financial advice and support.

Keith Steven and Stephen Jones

Commenting on his new role, Jones, who will be based out of the London office of the consulting firm, says, “KSA Group is the UK’s leading specialist in company voluntary arrangements (CVA), offering several restructuring methods and a range of tools to better equip struggling businesses. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work within the KSA Group.” 

Keith Steven, Managing Director of KSA Group, adds “Stephen joining ‘plugs a gap’. With Steven on board we are now able to service clients right across the South East and in particular the Eastern counties of Essex, Kent, Suffolk  Norfolk and East Herts. We now have very experienced regional managers in every main business area delivering turnaround solutions.”

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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.