Traffic analytics expert Dave Williams hired by Steer Davies Gleave

29 May 2017

Steer Davies Gleave has hired traffic analytics expert Dave Williams, who will work as an Associate based in their London office. His appointment aims to further boosts the firm’s capabilities in emissions and air quality analytics as well as traffic system innovation.

Dave Williams brings over ten years of experience in professional services, research and the public sector, to his new role with Steer Davies Gleave, having led large teams on complex studies for major clients such as the Department for Transport. Williams’ expertise spans traffic, travel demand, and aviation, with the new Associate also showing notable interest in innovation and the environmental impacts of transport over his decade-long consulting career.

Prior to taking his latest role, Williams worked for professional service company Atkins, in their Transport Modelling and Data Analytics practice as a Principal Consultant for more than two years. He has also worked for Transport for London, most recently as an Operations Planning Manager.

Earlier in his career Williams, who earned a Doctorate in Transport and Environment from Imperial College London, was also a Modelling Advisor for the Airports Commission, a Senior Transport Planner of Traffic Analysis for Transport for London, a London Buses Graduate Trainee for Transport for London and a Researcher for HMPR.

Dave Williams - Steer Davies Gleave

With Williams' appointment as an Associate, Steer Davies Gleave hopes to make use of his considerable experience in transport system modelling and analysis particularly – as the firm seeks to expand its portfolio in the areas of innovation and the environmental impacts of transport. While the UK government continues to face criticism over its lax emission standards and plans to tackle air pollution in the country, one of the major mega-trends that may come to disrupt the automotive industry is electrification, areas of expertise related to air quality and infrastructure innovation may well become an indispensable resource in coming months and years.

The addition of Williams further boosts the firm’s capabilities in emissions and air quality, as it positions itself to take advantage of the forecast crisis, and he will be tasked with further growing the consulting group’s capability for such innovation. His skills will most likely be utilised in the areas of traffic modelling, emerging technologies and intelligent mobility.

Commenting on the appointment, Steven Bishop, Head of UK Transport Planning confirmed the company’s delight at welcoming Williams. He added, “He will play an incredibly important role in the ongoing innovation of our products and services. We’re very excited about the ideas and opportunities that Dave and the team will generate together and with 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.