PwC appoints leaders for Analytics, AI, Cybersecurity and FinTech arms

09 May 2017

In a bid to expand its footprint in the rapidly growing digital and technology-led innovation space, PwC, one of the major players in the field, has in recent weeks appointed a number of new senior technology positions in the UK wing of their group.

The news comes only months after the global accounting and consulting firm announced it was recruiting 1,000 technology specialists to its Risk Assurance division, to aid businesses in dealing with rising cybercrime threats, while PwC’s Irish network member launched a Cyber Centre to similarly do battle with digital intruders. The latest announcement further marks the professional services firm out as one serious about engaging with future technological challenges head-on.

Euan Cameron, a partner at the firm of some 16 years with over 20 years’ consulting experience, will be focusing on the development of corporate strategy and top line growth, in his newly created UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) Leader role. The marquee role amongst the new appointments, the function will involve working closely with PwC’s 800 plus data and analytics specialists, collaborating with teams across PwC – from consulting to tax and deals to assurance – helping PwC and their clients alike to innovate using AI. Cameron’s core team will consist of more than 30 AI, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and machine learning specialists already in place at PwC around the UK, with an ambition to increase this to more than 200 by 2020.

PwC appointments in UK. PwC office

Cameron commented: “This year we expect to see more and more artificial intelligence initiatives move from theory to practice. We are exploring a wide range of opportunities to deploy this technology internally, but also to help our clients with many of their critical business issues. Different industries are adopting RPA and AI at varying rates but with the field developing so rapidly, those who wait could miss out on the myriad positive opportunities it will bring.”

In another appointment aimed at driving growth in technology and financial technology (FinTech), Zubin Randeria, a PwC partner for 23 years non-consecutively, was unveiled as the new lead for around 200 cyber security experts in the UK, as the firm continue to focus on advising companies how to resist digital threats; a key concern of modern business.

Randeria will be joined by former PwC cyber security practice leader, Neil Hampson, in his latest of seven roles for the company, who will hence forth lead the data and analytics team, as market demands continue to grow rapidly.

Mark Leaver, PwC’s head of Financial Services Consulting since 2015, will meanwhile expand his existing role to include the multi-billion pound FinTech market in his scope. The FinTech space is growing fast, with interest in services particularly high among younger tech savvy users, and on the back of the spike global investments in FinTech companies grew to $25 billion last year, according to data from KPMG.

Euan Cameron, Zubin Randeria, Neil Hampson, Mark Leaver, Madeleine Thomson

Finally, Madeleine Thomson, a former Change Design Manager for the BBC, has been granted the role of Technology Consulting Leader. Thomson previously worked as the lead for PwC’s Retail and Consumer wing, and will move to the firm’s technological department as the consultancy aims to grow business in this area.

Along with the announcement of the new appointments, Jon Andrews, head of technology and investments at PwC, reiterated the importance of emerging technologies for the future, stating: “Artificial intelligence and automation form a key part of our targeted investment in technology, responding to high demand for expertise in these areas from our clients.”

He added, “We now employ over 1,500 technology specialists in the UK alone. Our ambition is that we’ll continue to grow our revenues from technology-related areas – including AI, cybersecurity, data analytics and FinTech.”



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.