RSM appoints new legal partner and head of academies group

22 May 2017

RSM has appointed Rachel Khiara as a partner in the legal services department and Hannah Catchpool as national head of its academies sector group. The roles will see the new leaders focus on furthering the segments’ respective business ends as well as providing advisory services to clients.

Rachel Khiara founded Khiara Law in 2011, remaining as a Partner to focus on regulatory and advisory services to the legal services sector. A former partner at Addleshaw Goddard she also spent ten years at Allen & Overy, most recently in the role of counsel. Khiara obtained a Bachelors of Law from King's College, as well as a Legal Practice Certificate from the College of Law, London.

Her appointment as a partner in professional service firm RSM’s UK corporate legal team brings almost 20 years of legal and advisory experience to the company, as they work to support mid-market and professional practice clients in the areas of governance, financial organisation and acquisitions. Khiara has been named a specialist corporate partner, tasked with expanding the corporate division of the legal services wing.

Commenting on the appointment, Carolyn Brown, head of RSM’s legal services team, remarked that she was “delighted” to welcome Khiara to the team, adding, “A leading expert in the partnership field, Rachel will play a pivotal role in the growth of our corporate legal services division. With a total of three partners, two managers, a legal coordinator and two new specialists in our department, RSM has a flourishing law practice that continues to grow.”

Hannah Catchpool and Rachel Khiara - RSM

Hannah Catchpool meanwhile joined RSM in 2004, working her way up over a period of eleven years from Supervisor to Director of the firm’s Audit & Advisory practice. In 2014 she was appointed a Partner at the accounting and consulting firm. Commencing her career in 1999 at the NSA Audit Services as an internal auditor, she became an associate at Big Four professional services group EY in 2002. Catchpool holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance from the University of Southampton, and also obtained a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the ICAEW.

Her latest appointment sees Catchpool become the new National Head of RSM’s group for academies. The creation of the post sees the firm attempt to consolidate its existing presence in the market, as RSM already works with a range of academies training future advisory and audit specialists.

Commenting her move, Catchpool said, “The strength and depth in our team allows us to support academies - from compliance work right through to high level advisory work – and to help them navigate the ever changing landscape. The move reinforces our commitment to the academies sector and I look forward to working with the 100-strong sector team to strengthen the practice and support more academies across the UK.”


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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.