Accenture names Wayne Hull head of Digital for Sub-Saharan Africa

25 January 2017 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has hired Wayne Hull as Managing Director and Head of the firm's Digital practice for South and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is tasked with supporting the development of digital on the continent.

Prior to joining Accenture, Wayne Hull worked Sportradar as an Executive Advisor in Digital for just over a year, following four years at AGT International as a Senior Vice President of Sales & Partnerships. He was previously at Cisco, including the roles of Director and General Manager for the firm’s Gulf, UAE & Pakistan region. From 2001 until 2014 he worked at IBM, latterly as Head of Technology Group and prior to that as Head of Financial Services Consulting. He started at Accenture in 1995, rising to the role of Senior Manager.

Hull holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Industrial Sociology from the University of Cape Town and completed an executive course at Harvard Business School in the US.

Wayne Hull - Accenture

The appointment sees Hull join Accenture’s Digital practice for South and Sub-Saharan Africa as Managing Director. He is tasked with supporting the continents large and diverse demographic operate in an era of rapid digitalisation.

William Mzimba, Chief Executive of Accenture South Africa and Chairman of Accenture sub-Saharan Africa, says, “Hull is an exceptional leader with solid experience in the digital space, having advised a number of multinational companies on their digital strategies. We are pleased to have him on board. The market environment today is defined by change, and we are clearly operating in the midst of a technology revolution that is touching virtually every client in every industry around the world.”

Commenting on his new role, Hull states, “The number of South Africans – including the young population – accessing the Internet is growing and this presents opportunities for clients to unleash the power of digital, as well as deliver more meaningful customer experiences across all channels and segments. I am excited to be part of the Accenture team and look forward to helping clients to deliver on their digital strategies.”

According to a recent analysis by McKinsey & Company, a series of strategic investments could boost South Africa's annual economic output by an additional 1.1%, down the line accelerating the economic development and prosperity of the country.

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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.