Arup promotes Gurjit Wood to role of Middle East Leader

16 March 2017

Arup has promoted Gurjit Wood, who has been with the firm since 2004, to the role of the firm’s Middle East Leader. She takes responsibility for continuing to drive the firm's business across the region as part of its wider management team.

Gurjit Jhuti Wood was most recently the firm’s Airport Development practice lead and a Director at Arup for almost three years, working out of the firm’s London office. She was previously an Associate Director for a year from 2013. Earlier in her career at the firm she worked for Ove Arup & Partners’ as a Logistician, starting at the firm as an Associate in 2004. Prior to joining Arup, Wood worked at international logistics firm GEFCO as a GefBox Systems Manager for a year from 2004; and at Healthcare Logistics as a Key Account Manager (in her most recent role), a company she joined in 1997.

Wood holds a Master of Science in Transport Planning & Management from the University of Westminster.

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Wood will take on the role of Middle East Group Leader, responsible for the firm’s business in the Middle East. Wood brings considerable experience to the role, including the lead of the firm’s UK, Middle East and Africa's Airport Development team. Arup has engaged various large scale clients in the region in recent years, including the Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Alan Belfield, UKMEA Chair, Arup, says that the appointment of Wood is “excellent news” for the firm’s Middle East business. He adds, “She brings with her a wealth of experience, leadership expertise and technical capability. She has a collaborative working style and a can-do attitude that benefits clients and Arup teams."

Wood says that she is "excited” about the possibilities the new role brings; adding, “the Middle East is an innovative region with a myriad of opportunities that align to Arup's values to shape a better world. The team are already involved in a number of buildings, infrastructure and operational projects that support our clients to develop their businesses and I look forward to help deliver continued innovation and growth whilst challenging and engaging our teams."


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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.