CBRE appoints Phil Cann as Head of Investment Properties

26 May 2017

CBRE has appointed Phil Cann, to the role of Head of Investment Properties. He takes responsibility for a team of 170 across the UK, with an expanded international outlook. The appointment is effective from 1 June.

American-based real estate consultancy CBRE has appointed a new boss for its UK Investment Properties wing. Phil Cann, a board member of the Westminster Property Association and the Bond Street Strategic Board, joined CBRE in 2005 following the acquisition of Dalgleish – the company where he had worked since 1992. His latter roles at CBRE were that of the Chairman of Retail Capital Markets from 2009, before a promotion to Head of the company’s UK Retail division saw him manage a 160-strong team across a broad portfolio of projects.

Phil Cann - CBRE

In the latest chapter of his career in professional services, which spans some three decades, Cann has been appointed as Head of Investment Properties at the commercial property focused consulting firm. The new role sees Cann head up a team of more than 170 Investment Properties advisors in the UK. He will be required to work closely with some of the firm’s EMEA and globally focused teams, including that of Capital Markets and Capital Advisors. He will continue to support the firm’s retail property investment clients, particularly in the central London marketplace.

Commenting on the appointment of Cann, Managing Director at CBRE UK Ciaran Bird expressed his delight that Cann had agreed to take on the key role of leading the UK Investment Properties team. He added, “Phil’s proven leadership skills and investment expertise in the UK and with overseas investors, means this key promotion will further strengthen our ability to harness the full power of our teams across all sectors around the UK and the use of our market knowledge to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients.”


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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.