Redington hires Zoe Taylor to succeed promoted Paul Richards

25 April 2017

Redington has hired Zoe Taylor, who joins the firm from Aon Hewitt, as Director of Strategy. The former holder of the role, Paul Richards, takes on the new role of Head of Governance and Decision Research, tasked with further expanding the firm's capabilities and offering in the governance space.

Prior to joining Redington, Zoe Taylor worked at Aon Hewitt for more than thirteen years, latterly as a Principal Consultant and member of the firm’s UK management team. Her role at the firm saw her provide the firm’s pensions schemes clients with consultancy advice in the area of DB investment. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from King's College London and the University of London.

Taylor joins Redington as Director of Strategy, succeeding Paul Richards. In the role she will work closely with Mitesh Sheth, CEO, to drive forward the firm’s strategic initiatives – including the firm’s vision of making 100 million people financially secure. In addition, the role will see her tasked with the execution of the firm’s DB growth strategy, to which end she will work closely with Dan Mikulskis, the firm’s Head of Defined Benefit pensions.

Taylor says that she is “delighted” to be joining the firm at an “exciting time of growth and opportunity”. She adds, “I have been impressed by Redington’s unique culture of innovation, learning and dedication to diversity, and look forward to contributing to its future.”

Zoe Taylor and Paul Richards - Redington

Prior to joining Redington, Richards founded Ulysses Research, an independent research, strategy and implementation firm. He was previously at Towers Watson, where he worked for just over half a year as a Senior Investment Consultant. Earlier roles include Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for five and a half years; Director and Head of UK Institutional Business at Isis, where he worked for three years; and latterly as Head of Investment Manager Research at Aon Hewitt, where he started his career in 1993.

Richards holds a Research Master’s degree in Management and a Doctor of Philosophy in Judgment and Decision Making from the University of Bath.

Richards, who was formerly the Director of Strategy, becomes the Head of Governance and Decision Research at the firm. In the role, Richards is tasked with building the firm’s consultant teams’ capabilities in the area of governance, allowing the firm to support the firm’s clients overcome challenges in the area as well as furthering its integrated business services offering.

Reflecting on his new role, Richards says, “We believe there are compelling forces that mean 2017 will be remembered as the year the industry got serious about governance. Over the last several years, Redington has undertaken a number of governance projects for some of the UK’s largest schemes. We intend to build on this experience providing insight and support that will let our clients effectively tackle their most challenging decisions.”


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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.