RSM hires Alex Foster as Partner and Maya Panova as Associate Director

25 November 2016

RSM has made two hires to its UK-based team. Alex Foster, formerly at EY, joins the firm’s Guildford office as a Partner in its Tax practice, while Maya Panova, formerly at Crowe Clark Whitehill, joins the firm’s Reading office as an Associate Director in Transaction Services.

Prior to joining RSM, Alex Foster was a Director at EY, where, from 2014, she provided Private Client tax support. Previously, for a stint of less than a year, she worked at RBC as a Senior Tax Manager. From 2004 until 2013 she worked at Deloitte, as a Senior Manager in the firm’s Tax business line, following eight years at KPMG where she rose to the position of Manager in the firm’s Tax segment.

The appointment sees Foster become a tax Partner in RSM’s Guildford office. She brings more than 17 years of experience in the private client industry to the firm – including specialisation in High Net Worth individuals both for UK residents and non-UK domiciliaries, and their offshore structures.

Gary Heynes, RSM Head of Private Client says that he is “delighted” that Foster has join RSM, adding that she provides a “significant” addition to the firm’s private client partner group. “Her experience makes her a great addition to our private client offering in the south of England and within the wider UK firm,” he remarks.

Alex Foster and Maya Panova, RSM

Prior to joining RSM, Maya Panova worked at Crowe Clark Whitehill as an Associate Director for almost two years, covering corporate finance, financial modelling and valuations. Previously she worked at EY as a Manager in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services arm and as a State Expert for the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance. Earlier in her career Panova worked at Maxwell Stamp as an International Transaction Expert for two years; at EY as a Senior Executive for almost two years; at Hurst Morrison Thomson Corporate Finance for more than four years as Auditor and Corporate Finance Manager; and as a Junior Consultant at Deloitte, where she started her career in 1997.

Panova holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration and Management from the University of West London and is an Associate Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Panova joins RSM as an Associate Director in the firm’s Reading office. She is tasked with providing corporate finance transaction support to a range of the firm’s clients, with particular expertise in technology, engineering and business services.

Rebecca Guerin, a Corporate Finance partner at RSM, says that the firm is “delighted” to welcome Panova to the firm. “She brings with her significant global experience in transaction support and her skill set will be invaluable to our client base across Reading and the wider southern region,” Guerin comments.


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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.