PwC and RSM add Sinead Leahy & Maya Buchanan to UK team

22 December 2016

PwC has appointed Royal Bank of Scotland veteran Sinead Leahy as Partner in the firm’s UK Pensions Consulting business. RSM has appointed Maya Buchanan, formerly at KPMG and Deloitte, as Director in its risk assurance service line in Manchester.

Sinead Leahy

Sinead Leahy joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1995, rising through the ranks to become Deputy Head of UK Corporate Risk Solutions. In 2015, he took on the role of Head of FI Relationship Management and Alternative Asset Distribution at the bank, before which he was Head of UK Pension Solutions from 2006. 

In his new role at PwC, as Partner in the firm’s Pensions Consulting business, Leahy takes responsibility for leading the firm’s advisory in strategy and implementation to trustees of large defined benefit schemes. 

Raj Mody, PwC’s Global Pensions leader, says, “Sinead’s knowledge and experience is a great addition to our pensions practice. We have seen significant growth over the last three years fuelled by the growing demand for our wide range of services, independent advice, and technology-enabled approach." Looking ahead, Mody says that PwC intends to continue to add high calibre recruits to the firm's team. "It will allow us to meet the increasing demand we are seeing in the market for pension fund asset consulting.”

PwC appoints Sinead Leahy Partner; RSM appoints Maya Buchanan Director

Leahy says that he is “delighted” to be joining the Big Four firm. "The need for pension funds to be able to access independent advice could not be greater. PwC’s market position alongside its leading Skyval analytics platform is an appealing combination for the next stage of my career.”

Maya Buchanan

Prior to joining RSM, Maya Buchanan worked at manufacturing company Scapa for five years, in her most recent role as Head of Group Risk & Assurance. She was previously at accounting and consulting firm KPMG, where she worked for a year as a Senior Manager. Earlier in her career she work at Deloitte for more than 12 years, in her final role as Senior Manager.

Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Financial Management from University of Sheffield and a Post Graduate Certificate, Audit, Management & Consultancy from Birmingham City University.

In her new position at RSM, as Director in the firm’s risk assurance segment in Manchester, Buchanan will support the firm in growing its portfolio of corporate clients across the region.

Jill Jones, RSM Regional Managing Partner for the North West, says, “Risk assurance is becoming increasingly more important as the nature of business becomes ever more complex. Maya’s extensive knowledge will help our clients navigate and protect themselves in an ever-changing landscape, and it’s great to have her on board.”

Commenting on her appointment, Buchanan says, “RSM is a forward-thinking firm that has a growing corporate client base and extensive international network which complements my experience perfectly. I’m looking forward to drawing on my in-house, practice and sector experience to support a variety of corporate clients to add real value in a challenging market.”


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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.