Skarbek hires Sarah Myners and promotes Danielle Dunfield-Prayero

25 May 2017

Skarbek Associates, a consulting firm with offices in London and Singapore, has in recent months made two senior appointments. Sarah Myners has been named as Director of Legal Sector Operations in London, while Danielle Dunfield-Prayero has been promoted to Director of Operations in Asia-Pacific. 

Sarah Myners is a former City employment lawyer with over 12 years’ experience advising clients on major organisational change, complex business transfers, portfolio acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements. She brings to Skarbek’s clients her significant experience working with multiple sectors including legal, financial services, oil and gas, retail and housing, as well as not-for-profit organisations and charities. Whilst she supports all key services, Myners’ specialisms are transformational change, project management and capability building in the legal sector. 

Her appointment in this newly created role reflects, according to Paul Heugh, founder and CEO of Skarbek Associates, growing demand in the legal sector for strategy implementation consultancy. Myners holds a degree in law from Edinburgh University with a specialisation in employment law. 

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Danielle Dunfield-Prayero, who previously held leadership roles at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, ING Investment Bank and BPCE International, has been tasked with heading up the firm’s Asia-Pacific operations. From Skarbek’s Singapore office, she has already begun work on several major strategy implementation projects for multinational corporates with Asian operations. 

Commenting on the senior appointments, Heugh said: “We are delighted Sarah has joined the Skarbek team; she has the experience and character to make things happen in a sector not used to the emerging pace of change. We are also pleased with Danielle’s promotion – she has an impeccable record and her team has quickly earned a reputation in the region for doing the extremely difficult work well.”

Established in 2012 in London, Skarbek Associates focuses on strategy execution for clients in the legal, FMCG, healthcare and financial services sectors, ranging from multi-national corporations to family-sized businesses. Services of the consulting firm include strategic alignment, transformational change, post M&A integration and project management. The firm’s name comes from Krystyna Skarbek, one of Britain’s most remarkable Special Operations Executive agents of second World War II, who through courage, determination and creativity achieved the seemingly impossible.

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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.