Arup appoints Dervilla Mitchell Chair of UK, Middle East and Africa

19 April 2017

Arup has appointed Dervilla Mitchell, CBE recipient for her contribution to engineering, as Chair of the UK Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) Region. She has held a range of leadership positions at the firm since joining in 1980.

Dervilla Mitchell was most recently a Project Director at Arup, involved in some of the firm’s largest projects, including the $2 billion Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal and Athletes Village London 2012. Additional Senior leadership roles include Group and Regional Board Member, Director of Ethics and UKMEA Aviation Business Leader.

Earlier in her career, 2004 and 2006, she worked at BAA, as Head of Design Management for a $4 billion Heathrow project. Concurrently with her work at BAA she was T5 Project Leader at Arup between 2000 and 2005. Between 1986 and 1999 she worked at Arup, in her final role before becoming T5 Project Leader as an Associate Director. She briefly joined Weidlinger Associates as a Design Engineer in 1984; following four years at Arup where she started as an Engineer in 1980 at its Dublin Office.

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Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University College Dublin. Between 2011 and 2014 she was the sitting Vice President and Chair of the Awards Committee for the Royal Academy of Engineering. She was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2014 in recognition to her contribution to the field of engineering.

In her new role Mitchell has been appointed to Chair of the UK Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) Region. She is tasked with supporting the firm’s clients across the region tackle key engineering problems in an increasingly complex arena.

Dervilla Mitchell remarking on her appointment adds, “It is an exciting time for our industry, with technology enabling us to solve the ever more complex problems we face in the world today. I look forward to working with colleagues across the region to find solutions to meet the needs of our clients, whether it be improving energy security, bringing better transport links or addressing the challenges of urbanisation.”


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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.