North Highland appoints Mary Slaughter and promotes Sean McKenna

01 December 2016

North Highland has appointed Mary Slaughter, formerly at Deloitte, as Chief People Officer. The firm also recently promoted Principal Sean McKenna to lead for the San Francisco market.

Prior to joining North Highland, Mary Slaughter worked at Deloitte US for almost two years as a Managing Director in the firm’s Human Capital Consulting Practice. Previously, she was the Chief Talent Officer for SunTrust Bank for more than five years, responsible for defining talent strategy, among others. Earlier in her career, she was the Chief Learning Officer at Wachovia Securities and General Banking Group for three years and worked at Alcatel-Lucent for ten years, in her most recent role as Director of Global Sales Force Enablement. She started her career at AT&T where, over a 14 year period, she held a variety of Sales and Marketing Manager roles. Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Austin Peay State University and a Master’s degree in Communications from Georgia State University.

US-based North Highland has appointed Slaughter as its Chief People Officer. In her new role she will be responsible for overseeing talent training and development, performance management and retention.

North Highland's CEO Dan Reardon, comments, “Mary brings a deep background in human capital and a passion for developing talent to North Highland. Her strong track record of success in balancing strategic planning with operational excellence will be an asset to our firm as we continue to invest in our people and grow our presence in the coming years.”

Slaughter says that she is “thrilled” to be joining the firm. Adding, “The firm’s vision of ‘Unleashing Potential Together’ illustrates a focus on relationships and people and I look forward to helping to achieve this vision through further developing our greatest asset – our employee-owners.”

Mary Slaughter and Sean McKenna

Prior to joining North Highland in 2011, Sean McKenna worked at Capgemini where, in his more recent role, he was an Associate Director the firm’s North America HR Lead for its Infrastructure Services. He previously worked for Gap as a Senior Manager and Business Process Design Lead for just over a year. His earlier career includes six years at Capgemini, where he rose to the rank of Manager; and five years at the Ford Motor Company, first as a Supervisor before becoming a Supply Base Manager in the firm’s Parts Supply and Logistics segment. McKenna holds a Bachelor of Science in General Management, OBHR & Spanish from Purdue University.

McKenna has worked at North Highland since 2011, and was most recently a Principal at the firm. In his new remit, McKenna takes the lead for the firm’s San Francisco market – he is responsible for further growing the firm’s presence in the Bay Area. He reports to North Highland President and West region leader, Bob Lamont.

Lamont, says that the firm is “thrilled” to have McKenna return to San Francisco as market lead. He adds, “He brings a passion for our employee-owners and our firm, along with a commitment to helping our clients solve their most pressing business challenges.”

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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.