EY appoints Paul Reading as Executive Director in M&A arm

15 May 2017 Consultancy.uk

EY has appointed private equity market expert Paul Reading as Executive Director in its Operational Transactions Services team. He joins the firm from Antler, where he was CFO. Reading is tasked with further expanding the practice in the UK, with a focus on the mid-market private equity segment.

Prior to joining EY, Paul Reading worked at Antler as a Chief Financial Officer for six months. He was previously active at Workplace Systems, a modular workstation wholesaler, as its Chief Operations Officer. Earlier roles include Investment Director at LDC, for over four years; Director of Corporate Finance at Deloitte for almost four years; and Business Operations Consultant at PA Consulting Group, where he started his career in 1999.

Reading holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Nottingham University, a Master of Science in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Diploma in Accounting & Finance, also from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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EY has appointed Reading as an Executive Director in the firm’s Operational Transactions Services (OTS) team, its arm focused on among others operational due diligence, post merger integration and carve-outs. Reading brings more than fifteen years of experience, including ten in private equity, to the consulting firm, and will focus on supporting the firm’s mid-market private equity clients, an area in which the Big Four player is seeking to expand its presence. He is based out of its London office.

Remarking on the appointment, Fredrik Bürger, a Partner at EY (also formerly Deloitte), said, “Paul is a very experienced operator in the private equity market and his unique background of M&A consulting, PE investments and senior management positions will greatly benefit our private equity clients and I am proud to be welcoming him to the team. He will play a central role in consolidating and strengthening our mid-market private equity focus.”

Reading says that he is “delighted” to be joining EY’s OTS team. He adds, “EY has a track record of working with private equity clients to generate value throughout the transaction life-cycle. I am looking forward to working with the team to grow and solidify EY’s presence in the mid-market.”

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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.