Mazars reappoints Phil Verity as UK boss and unveils executive team

10 February 2017 Consultancy.uk

Mazars has reappointed Phil Verity as the firm’s UK Senior Partner. Verity's new executive team too has been announced, which includes the reappointments of Tim Davies, Alistair Fraser and Nigel Grummitt, and the new appointments of Jac Berry, Elisabeth Maxwell and Ian Wrightson. The leadership team is tasked with the development, and implementation, of the firm's strategy in the UK.

The new executive team appointees for Mazars’ UK operation have been announced, they begin in their new roles from February 15. Phil Verity, the firm’s UK Senior Partner, has been reappointed; taking the lead for another four years. Verity is supported by an Executive team of Partners that include Ian Wrightson, Jac Berry, Elisabeth Maxwell, Tim Davies, Alistair Fraser and Nigel Grummitt.

New appointments to the Executive team:

Elisabeth Maxwell has been a Partner at the firm since 2003. In 2012 she was appointed to the role of Mazars South Region Managing Partner. Her new appointment to the Executive team role sees her take responsibility for further driving innovation throughout the business. She is based in Sutton.

Jac Berry is the firm’s UK Head of Quality and Risk. Her new appointment to the Executive team sees her take responsibility for quality management for the firm as a whole. She is based in London.

Ian Wrightson joined Mazars in 1994 as an Audit Partner. He has since ascended the firm’s ranks to the role of Regional Managing Partner. In his new appointment, he takes responsibility for the development of the firm’s culture and people.

New appointments to the Executive team Mazars

Reappointments to the Executive team:

Tim Davies has been a Tax Partner at the firm since joining in 2006. In 2011 he was appointed UK Head of Tax, he too joined the firm’s Global Tax Board. Davies, as part of the Executive team, is responsible for developing the firm’s client-centric approach. 

Alistair Fraser has been with Mazars since 1989, and is currently the firm’s UK Chief Operating Officer. In his role for the Executive team, and as COO more widely, he is responsible for the operational performance, management and development of the firm. He is based in the firm’s London office.

Nigel Grummitt joined Mazars in 1994, and became Partner in 1999. Today he is the firm’s UK Head of Forensic and Investigation Services. His role in the Executive team is focused on developing the firm’s advisory services. He is based in London.

Together the team is tasked with executing the firm's growth strategy in the UK – last year the accounting and consulting firm saw its turnover grow by 14% to £149.7 million, on the back of five successive years of growth, with 9% noted in the 2014/15 financial year. 

Commenting on the confidence received from the leadership team, Verity says,I would like to take this opportunity to thank the current Executive team who have done an excellent job over the last four years. I am excited to work with the new team to continue to drive our business forward, with a relentless focus on our clients and our people.”

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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.