Neil Hayward heads Restructuring practice of A&M in Middle East

15 March 2017

A&M has hired business restructuring expert Neil Hayward as a Managing Director, he was formerly a partner at PwC. He will be tasked with supporting clients across the region deal with continued challenges brought on by, among others, the lower oil price.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), Neil Hayward worked at PwC where he was a Partner in the firm’s Business Restructuring Services in the Middle East from 2012. He was previously a Director in the same practice, starting in 2009 – with a one year secondment to the Government of Dubai. Earlier roles include Senior Manager in the firm’s Middle East Business Recovery Services and Senior Manager in the firm’s Corporate Advisory and Restructuring service, starting in 2003.

Hayward holds a Master of Engineering from the Institut national des Sciences appliquées de Toulouse and the University of Nottingham. He is a Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Neil Hayward A&M

Hayward joins the firm’s Middle East operation as a Managing Director; he will head up the Restructuring and Turnaround team in the area. The area continues to see considerable changes as a sustained low oil prices affects regional budgets. Hayward brings 18 years of advisory experience, advising clients from boards and management teams to bondholders and governments, to the role, which has crossed international boundaries, including in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Stephen Millington, Managing Director of A&M Middle East says, “A&M’s operational heritage has made the firm a trusted advisor in turnaround and restructuring. Neil’s in-depth industry expertise aligns with our commitment to maximize recoveries and drive value for clients.”

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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.