Oxera Consulting appoints Helen Jenkins as Managing Partner

08 February 2017 Consultancy.uk

Oxera Consulting has appointed Managing Director Helen Jenkins to the role of Managing Partner. The role sees Jenkins take responsibility for delivering the firm's key strategic objectives and streamlining internal decision-making.

Helen Jenkins started her career at Oxera Consulting, a UK based competition, finance and regulation advisory firm, in 1993. Ten years down the line, following the management buy-out of the consultancy, Jenkins took on the role of one of the two Managing Director positions at the firm (the other position was held by Luis Correia da Silva). 

Jenkins’s work at the consulting firm has crossed a range of functional areas, and was instrumental in the development of the firm’s Competition Economics practice. Throughout her more than 20 years of service she has supported dozens of clients by appearing before courts and antitrust authorities worldwide, leveraging her economics expertise in the context of damages assessment and competition disputes.

Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Science and Economics in Mathematics and Economics from The Australian National University and a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. She is a Trustee of the Swarovski Foundation.

Helen Jenkins - Oxera Consulting

In her new role as Managing Partner, newly created following the firm's transformation to LLP in 2014, Jenkins takes leadership of the firm, and will work towards delivering the strategic objectives set out by the board. She will also continue to work on issues related to diversity by, among others, supporting efforts directly at the firm, as well as being a female role model within the industry.

Anthony Julius, Oxera Chairman, welcomes the new appointment, stating, "We are confident that having a Managing Partner on our Governing Board will help to streamline our decision-making and strategic thinking, bringing benefits to our clients in the way we deliver our first-class quality thinking, and will help us to shape the value that microeconomics can offer to corporates trying to survive and succeed in an ever increasingly complex global business world.”

Jenkins says that she is “delighted” to be taking on this role, and to be helping the firm’s existing and prospective clients navigate an ever-changing global economy. Adding, “At the same time, with research showing that economics continues to be a profession where women are under-represented, I am pleased to be able to demonstrate that economics can be a fulfilling and rewarding career for both young women, and men, today."


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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.