May Knight named leader of Korn Ferry Hay Group in Hong Kong

06 April 2017

Korn Ferry has appointed May Knight, formerly at Accenture and EY, as the Country Managing Director for Hay Group's Hong Kong operation. She is tasked with growing the business in the semi-autonomous area in line with the firm's regional strategy.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, May Knight worked at Accenture as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Asia-Pacific Financial Services practice, over a period of more than a year she was responsible for, among others, the insurance industry group's strategy and the management consulting growth plan. She was previously a Partner at EY, where she was Lead Partner of the firm’s Customer & Growth, Strategy, Digital practice for Asia for three years.

Earlier in her career she worked at Ageas as a Regional Director of Business Development and Sales & Sales Support in Asia, starting at the firm in 2007; as the Vice President of Corporate Distribution at Sun Life Financial in Hong Kong, from 2005; as a Director (Asia Pacific) in Insurance & Financial Services Consulting at Towers Watson, from 2003; as a Senior Manager at KPMG from 1999; and as the Chief Representative Officer, in her most latter role, for China at Standard Life, where she began in 1991.

May Knight - Korn Ferry Hay Group

Knight joins Korn Ferry Hay Group – the firm's human capital and HR consulting arm – as its Country Managing Director for Hong Kong. The role sees Knight take responsibility for the businesses growth in the country, in line with the firm’s regional strategy.

Tharuma Rajah, Managing Director of Korn Ferry Hay Group in Asia Pacific, says, “Knight brings a wealth of consulting and leadership advisory experience to Korn Ferry Hay Group. Given her deep experience and relationships with the financial community across Asia Pacific and globally, we are now in a better position to grow our business in this market segment.”

Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Liverpool John Moores University, and attended the Harvard Business School post-graduate programme. She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

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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.