Deloitte appoints Howard Bernstein as Strategic Advisor

16 May 2017

The former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, has been appointed by the multinational professional services firm Deloitte as a Strategy Advisor. In the role, he will support local and global organisations, in both the private and public sectors, consulting on key issues such as social care, government reform, devolution, and urban regeneration.

Bernstein, 64, was the man credited with the successful regeneration of Manchester, helping mastermind the city’s transition from a state of urban decline to a modern metropolis over the course of his 19 years at the top of Town Hall. Working his way up from humble beginnings as a Junior Clerk, Bernstein championed a number of successful projects including the Manchester Metrolink system, and the founding of the Manchester Airports Group – which is now the biggest in the UK.

During his subsequent tenure as Chief Executive, Bernstein oversaw Manchester host a successful Commonwealth Games, having missed out on two Olympic bids, and was knighted for his services to Manchester as part of the 2003 New Year’s Honours List.

In 2011, Sir Howard he also became the de facto head of the Greater Manchester combined authority. He used this latter role to set trends for the devolution of political power across England – a process culminating in the election of Andy Burnham, the first Mayor of Greater Manchester, earlier this month.

During his time in office, Bernstein was also awarded a number of honorary degrees, from UMIST in 2003, University of Manchester in 2004, and Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005.

Howard Bernstein with Deloitte managing partner Richard Bell

A New Chapter

In his new position with Deloitte, Sir Howard will act as Strategy Advisor at the firm, working on a local and global basis for private and public sectors. The role will focus on issues in the areas of health and social care, government reform, devolution, and regeneration – two aspects in particular that stand out in his CV. In addition, Bernstein will work with the firm’s staff through Deloitte’s internal learning and development programmes.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Bell, a Regional Markets Managing Partner at the firm, said, “From the regeneration of the city centre, its hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and its central role in regional devolution, Sir Howard has been the driving force and vision behind Manchester’s impressive achievements in recent decades. Sir Howard has a stellar reputation in local government and has shown exceptional leadership that our whole firm and our clients will look forward to learning from.”

Bernstein expressed similar delight at his position with the accounting and consulting group, stating, “Deloitte provides counsel to its clients on sectors that I am deeply passionate about, such as healthcare, local and regional authority development and devolution, and cities economic and infrastructure regeneration.”


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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.