Brickendon appoints Chris Beer partner and head of Strategy practice

15 June 2017

Consulting firm Brickendon has appointed Chris Beer as a partner. Beer, who joins from Cognizant and previously served Sia Partners and EY, has been tasked with heading up the firm’s Strategy practice.

Chris Beer brings 25 years of experience to Brickendon, of which the large majority was gained in the consulting industry. He most recently worked for Cognizant’s management consulting arm as a Director of Capital Markets, a role which he held for nearly three years. Prior to that, he worked in the London based Financial Services practices of Sia Partners, a French origin business consultancy, and EY. Earlier in his career, Beer served Detica, MA Partners, Bluerock Consulting (which since 2014 operates as iBe TSE) and EY in his first spell at the Big Four firm, after starting his career in banking with Merrill Lynch.

At Brickendon, a consulting firm founded in 2010 that specialises in the financial services sector, Beer has been named a partner, joining the firm’s leadership ranks, headed by CEO Christopher Burke. Beer has been added to the firm’s Strategy wing – one of its five practice areas, alongside Risk & Regulation, Data, Quality & Testing and Digital. His main task will be to develop and build senior client relationships and successfully deliver complex transformations in an industry which is facing rapid change and growing competition, helping the consultancy achieve its ambitions growth plans for 2017 and beyond.

Chris Beer, Partner bij Brickendon Consulting

London headquartered Brickendon Consulting aims at breaking through the barrier of £30 million in sales by the end of year – which would require more than 300% revenue growth on the same period a year earlier. With fee income in the first quarter up 60% on Q1 last year, the consultancy is in fact on track to hit the target. The firm’s growth follows from three developments: a sharp increase in its headcount (today over 100 consultants), expansion into the US last year with the opening of an office in New York and the acquisition of Spaarks, which was closed in October 2016. 

The longer terms plans are even bolder – the strategy crafted has earmarked a target of 1,000 employees by 2023. “We’re taking Brickendon to the next level of its growth, by strategically assessing acquisition targets, further international expansion and investing in our employee development. Our staff and working culture are at the heart of our success and future growth,” said Burke.

Commenting on his new challenge, Beer said, “I am naturally delighted to be joining Brickendon. It is a talented organisation that I have been aware of for some time and I am looking forward to working the team to deliver a range of transformational and digital initiatives for Brickendon’s growing client base.”

Brickendon CEO Burke meanwhile remarked at the company's excitement at bringing Beer on board, “His proven track record in the financial services sector will make him a great asset to the Brickendon team.”

Earlier this year Brickendon promoted executive directors Lee Pittaway and Nathan Snyder to partners and management team members.

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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.