EY names Dennis Layton Global Deputy Leader of People Advisory Services

05 April 2017 Consultancy.uk

EY has appointed Dennis Layton, formerly an Expert Partner at McKinsey & Company, as its Global Deputy Leader of People Advisory Services. Layton is tasked with driving the firm's human capital service portfolio, as well as internally contributing to the realisation of Vision 2020, the firm's five-year strategy.

Prior to joining EY, Dennis Layton worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was most recently, in his more than 11 years with the firm, an Expert Partner, a role which included leadership of the firm’s EMEA Performance Transformation practice. He previously worked at IBM, in a number of different positions across his almost three years with the firm, including World Wide Executive in the firm’s Product Lifecycle Management offerings and Senior Advisor in IBM's Corporate Strategy division.

Earlier in his career Layton worked at tech incubator 12 Entrepreneuring as Director of Strategy from 2000 until 2002, as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company from 1996 until 2000, as a Special Assistant to the Executive Office of the President/White House for just over a year between 1994 and 1995, and as a Non-Commissioned Officer specialised in electronics and cryptography for the US Navy, where he started his career in 1985.

Layton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgetown University.

Dennis Layton - EY

EY’s announcement sees Layton appointed to the role of EY Global Deputy Leader of People Advisory Services (PAS), the firm's human capital consulting arm. He takes responsibility for driving the practices’ further expansion and delivery of major programmes. 

Commenting on the appointment of Layton, Chris Price, EY’s Global Leader of People Advisory Services, says, “Dennis can help drive our continued focus on growing our core offerings and approach to services while continuing to provide exceptional client service. His deep knowledge of the chief human resources officer community and people services market, coupled with his proven strengths in consulting, sales management and leading high-performing teams, positions him well to move EY PAS forward.”

Reflecting on his new position, Layton says, “Becoming a global leader of EY People Advisory Services is an incredible opportunity. I’m looking forward to building upon the approaches to people and performance transformation that I’ve been focused on throughout my career and helping an even broader set of clients.”

Layton's task also includes contributing to the development of the firm’s long-term strategy, Vision 2020, which aims at making EY the globe's "leading professional services firm". As it stands, EY ranks third of the Big Four in terms of income, ahead of KPMG, but trailing PwC and leader Deloitte.

Layton is based in the firm’s London office. He started his new position on the first of April 2017.

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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.