Grant Thornton promotes Jenny Brown to COO of Not for Profit arm

24 April 2017 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton has promoted Jenny Brown, who has been with the company since 1999, to the role of Chief Operating Officer for its Not for Profit industry Group.

Jenny Brown joined Grant Thornton in 1999, following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Durham University. She was initially trained in the firm’s Sheffield Office, transferring to the London office in 2010. During her more than seventeen years at the firm, she worked across various organisations – specialising in not-for-profit firms, wherefore she took leadership of the firm’s technical team to the segment. She was most recently the Head of Technical and Head of Social Housing. In addition to her BA, she holds a and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Open University.

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The recent announcement sees Brown promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer for its Not for Profit industry Group. The role sees her focus on supporting the industry with a voice on a range of internal and external issue, co-ordinate the firm's industry group, and further expand her engagement with the wider industry – in addition she will continue to support housing organisations more broadly.

Remarking on the appointment, Carol Rudge, Global and UK Head of Not for Profit at Grant Thornton, says that the firm is "delighted” that Jenny has taken on the position of Chief Operating Officer for the firm's Not for Profit group. She adds, “Jenny has vast experience working with a wide range of not for profit organisations and I know that she is well placed to work with me in further developing our services to the sector. Jenny is passionate about instilling good governance and developing strong leadership and culture within the organisations she works with. I am excited to continue working with her to further grow the firm's influence in the sector."

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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.