Deloitte hires Claire Handby as Director in Real Estate practice

06 December 2016

Claire Handby joins Deloitte as a Director in the firm’s Real Estate practice; she joins the firm from EY where she was a Senior Manager. Handby will be based out of the firm’s Manchester office and will mainly focus on driving innovation for infrastructure and construction in the UK.

Prior to working at Deloitte, Claire Handby worked at EY for more than eight years, in her most recent role as a Senior Manager at the firm’s Manchester office. Previously, she worked for Mace Group, in her most recent role as a Senior Project Manager. Earlier in her career, Claire spent four years at Laing O’Rourke, mostly as a Senior Planning and Resources Manager in the firm’s Infrastructure Package division; two years at Laing Management, in the firm’s Construction Management Graduate Programme; and just over a year at McCarthy & Stone as a Sub Site Agent.

Handby holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. She is a Chartered Construction Manager from the The Chartered Institute of Building and a Member of the Association for Project Management.

Claire Handby - Deloitte

Handby joins Deloitte as a Director in the firm’s Real Estate practice. She brings more than 18 years of experience to the firm, and takes responsibility for implementing performance improvements offerings for private and public sector clients to drive growth. Working from the firm’s Manchester office, Handby will also be working to partner with start-ups and tech companies to drive new innovations in infrastructure and construction.

Peter Wilkinson, Lead Partner at Deloitte Real Estate, says, “Claire’s ‘Big Four’ experience combined with her core background in construction and infrastructure is a unique blend, and gives us a substantial boost as Deloitte Real Estate continues to drive innovation and superior programme delivery for clients across the UK.”

Handby says, “The North West has the potential to be the anchor to drive performance improvement across the UK’s real estate, infrastructure and construction sectors. The region is home to a host of talented people, start-ups and technology companies that can inspire and embrace innovation. Through these networks and collaboration, I am confident that Deloitte will continue to be a market leader in enhancing performance and make a tangible difference to our clients in this exciting location.”


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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.