Oxera promotes Avantika Chowdhury and Nicole Robins to Principal

14 February 2017 Consultancy.uk

Oxera has promoted Avantika Chowdhury and Nicole Robins to the role of Principal; aside from their duties to advise clients in their respective areas of expertise, Competition and State Aid respectively, they are tasked with further driving and growing the firm’s business.

Prior to joining Oxera in 2008, Avantika Chowdhury worked at Penn State University as a Research Assistant. At Oxera, where she worked as a Senior Consultant, she has worked extensively across the firm’s Competition team, providing services to clients in the area of competition matters across Europe. Chowdhury holds a Master of Science in Quantative Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, and a Master's degree in Economics and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Microeconomics and Game Theory from Pennsylvania State University.

Nicole Robins joined Oxera Consulting in 2004, and has risen to become the head of the firm’s State aid practice. She is charged with advising clients on a range of economic and financial issues related to state aid, across areas including transport, financial services, health, communications, energy, real estate and sports infrastructure. Robins holds a Master of Science in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick - Warwick Business School.

Nicole Robins, Avantika Chowdhury

Chowdhury and Robins have been promoted to the role of Principal at the firm. They will, aside from their tasks of advising clients, also take responsibility to further drive and grow the practices they are liaised with. Chowdhury is based in London, Robins in Brussels – Oxera too has offices in Oxford and Berlin.

Gunnar Niels, a Partner at the economics consulting firm, comments, “We welcome Nicole and Avantika to their new roles of Principal. Both are already recognised experts in state aid and antitrust, respectively, and will play a key role in leading relationships with our clients and providing top-quality economics advice.”

Last week Oxera appointed Helen Jenkins, a 20+ year veteran at the consultancy, to the role of Managing Partner.


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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.