Mazars appoints Partner Michael Tripp as Head of Financial Services

29 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

Mazars has appointed Partner Michael Tripp to the role of Head of Financial Services. He takes responsibility of more than 300 partners and employees in the UK, focused on a range of matters from internal audit to consulting and financial advisory in the financial services industry.

Michael Tripp joined Mazars in 2013 as a Partner, following six and a half years as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. He was previously a Partner at EY in the UK. Much of Tripp’s career was spent at Guardian Financial Services (formerly Guardian Royal Exchange) where he worked in its UK Personal lines of business on its Strategic Planning activity in the 1990s and 1980s. Tripp holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Imperial College London.

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Mazars’ announcement sees Tripp appointed to the role of Head of Financial Services at Mazars UK. He brings more than 35 years of actuary experience to the role, both at the executive and consultancy level. He will lead a team of more than 300 employees and partners across the UK – focused on everything from governance, internal audit, regulation and compliance to general consulting, actuarial, predictive analytics and enterprise risk.

Phil Verity, UK Senior Partner at Mazars, comments that the firm is “proud” of the strength and heritage of the firm’s financial services team. “Michael’s experience and leadership will be an additional asset to the team through his proven ability in helping the firm to capitalise on the increase in activity in the market. His new appointment allows for the growth and development of our financial services offering, both in London and internationally, and reflects his reputation, success and the support he has had from his colleagues here at the firm,” he adds.

Tripp says about the appointment, “Mazars has a strong pedigree in financial services. I aim to build on our cohesive proposition to deliver the high levels of service our clients expect from Mazars. I look forward to working more closely with the financial services partners in the UK and across our international network to further strengthen the firm’s position in the market place.”

Michael Tripp succeeds Rudi Lang, who will remain with Mazars and dedicate more time to his role as leader of the firm’s Global Financial Institution’s Group.

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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.