BDO hires partners Duncan Lamb and Colin Haig from direct rivals

12 July 2017 Consultancy.uk

BDO has added two new partners to its business across England. Duncan Lamb joins the firm from almost two decades at direct competitor Grant Thornton, he takes on the role of Corporate Finance Partner in its Reading office. Colin Haig joins the firm’s London office from KMPG, as a Partner in the firm’s Restructuring business.

Prior to joining BDO, Lamb worked at Grant Thornton for almost two decades, where he was most recently a Partner and lead of their South of England team in the firm's Corporate Finance practice. In that position he focused predominantly on the mid-market segment. Before that, Lamb, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of York, worked at Howarth Clark Whitehill from 1992 and 1998.

Lamb takes on the role of Corporate Finance Partner in BDO’s Reading office. He brings his extensive experience in corporate finance to the role, and sees him charged with supporting the firm’s mid-market clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, particularly private equity firms and deals involving technology.

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Prior to joining BDO, Colin Haig worked at KPMG for seven years, as a Partner in the firm’s Restructuring practice. He was previously a Partner at PwC, joining the firm’s London office in 2004. Much of his career was spent in the restructuring and turnaround of business in the mid-market.

Haig joins BDO’s London office as a Partner in the firm’s Restructuring business. He brings more than 30 years of experience in administrations, liquidations and restructuring in the mid-market to the BDO, as well as experience in supporting large corporates and public sector organisations.

Remarking on the new hires, which brings BDO's tally of Partner additions to 25 this year, Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at the firm, commented, “Our clients want to work with commercial, like-minded people. Duncan and Colin have significant experience in helping businesses survive and thrive in uncertain times, and I welcome them both to our expanding team.”

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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.