Steer Davies Gleave hires Michael Colella and Scott Dickinson

15 December 2016

Steer Davies Gleave hires Michael Colella as an Associate Director in the firm’s London Advisory team and Scott Dickinson as an Associate within the firm’s new Economic Development business also in London. Colella joins from Transport for London and Dickinson formerly worked for himself. 

Prior to joining Steer Davies Gleave, Michael Colella worked at Transport for London (TfL) as its HS2 Interface Sponsor for four years, leading a team at looking into- and providing input to the new planned High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project. Previously, he held various other roles at TfL going back to 2005, including Lead Commercial Sponsor, Head of Business Planning and Principal Business Performance Manager. Earlier in his career, Colella was a Senior Affordability Manager at the Strategic Rail Authority, Senior Financial Analyst at the Stagecoach Group, Director at ICF SH&E, Principal Consultant at Portland, and Senior Business Analyst Port Authority of NY & NJ.

Colella holds a Master of Public Administration in Transport Planning & Management from Rutgers University – Newark.

Michael Colella - Steer Davies Gleave

Colella joins Steer Davies Gleave as an Associate Director in the firm’s London Advisory team. He takes responsibility for the growth and development of the firm’s global business objectives, with keen focus on of rail related projects and services.

Jim Richards, Head of Advisory at Steer Davies Gleave, says, “Michael has a wealth of experience in the rail industry and has gained credibility with senior figures. His strategic and commercial insight to complex projects such as Crossrail and HS2 will be of great value to enhance the team’s existing capabilities and skills.”

Prior to joining Steer Davies Gleave, Scott Dickinson worked as the Director of his own company, Scott Dickinson and Company Limited, for five years. Previously, between 2005 and 2011, he worked in various roles at SQW, most recently as an Associate Director. Earlier in his career, Dickinson worked as a Senior Fellow at the Office for Public Management, Senior Manager at the Audit Commission, External Funding & Partnerships Manager at the West London Training & Enterprise Council, Head of European Funding at the Birmingham City Council, European Liaison Officer at the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, Assistant European Liaison Officer and Business Investment Assistant at Wakefield MDC, and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Leeds.

Dickinson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Economic from the University of Leeds.

Scott Dickinson - Steer Davies Gleave

Dickinson takes on the role of Associate within Steer Davies Gleave’s new Economic Development business. He brings in more than 25 years of experience to the role, across design, appraisal, delivery, and evaluation of public policies, programmes, and projects. In his new role, his responsibilities includes supporting clients navigate the possibilities created by the referendum result.

Simon Pringle, Director at Steer Davies Gleave says that he is “delighted” to welcome Scott to the tea, adding, “He brings a wealth of experience, perspective, and understanding of what makes effective economic development. I look forward to working with him as we build our team, and work with clients to navigate the new economic landscape.”

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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.