Deloitte Digital Scotland appoints new leadership team

06 July 2017

Gareth Edwards and Debbi McLean have joined Deloitte, as the firm bids to strengthen its Scottish digital offering with a new leadership team at its Edinburgh headquarters.

One year after launching its new studio in Edinburgh, Deloitte Digital has continued its drive to expand its digital offering in the region, with the appointment of a new leadership team. The Big Four professional services firm announced the successful poaching of both Gareth Edwards and Debbi McLean from the Royal Bank of Scotland, with the duo taking up residency at the consultancy’s Edinburgh HQ.

The pair join an eight-strong team at Deloitte’s Edinburgh studio where they will be responsible for shaping and leading the local arm of the firm’s service design capability in. The new appointments will also see them working with the newly acquired Market Gravity team, as they aim to assist clients to enhance capabilities, while developing prototypes for new products and services.

Rich Hurley, a Technology Consulting Partner at Deloitte, said in a statement following the hire, “Deloitte is committed to growing its digital presence in Scotland – the appointments of Gareth and Debbi significantly help us boost this side of our practice. Coupled with the recent acquisition of Market Gravity, these hires put us in a strong position to expand Deloitte Digital and make a real difference to our clients’ digital strategies – in Scotland, the UK, and further afield.”

Deloitte Digital’s new Edinburgh leadership team, Gareth Edwards & Debbi McLean

New challenge

Gareth Edwards previously lead Digital Solution Design at Royal Bank of Scotland, and has over 16 years’ experience in the digital sector. He joins Deloitte specifically to lead the continued expansion of its Edinburgh studio following the June acquisition of Market Gravity. He also held senior marketing positions across the financial services sector, including heading up Digital, Media & Production at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Head of Online Marketing at Bank of Scotland.

Debbi McLean meanwhile joins the firm with over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Having worked across a range of technology, design and innovation programmes, including proposition development, and the design and delivery of Royal Bank of Scotland’s customer-facing artificial intelligence solution – amid increasing global interest in the use of digital innovation in banking – her new role at Deloitte Digital, sees her responsible for shaping and leading its service design capability in Edinburgh.

Edwards, who expressed excitement at his new challenge having traditionally been an in-house appointee, stated a firm commitment to growing the practice and team at Deloitte Digital’s Edinburgh outfit, saying he was keen to see a blend of the best attributes of agency and consultancy practice at the office. “We’re joining Deloitte Digital at an exciting time in its expansion, and Edinburgh is the perfect place for us to be based. Our main focus will be to ensure our clients keep their customers at the heart of their propositions and we quickly learn what works and what doesn’t,” he concluded.

McLean meanwhile commented, “We have a huge opportunity to shape our business here in Scotland alongside our new colleagues at Market Gravity. We’re all united in our ambition to build our place in the local creative community, creating an ecosystem that complements the amazing work Deloitte has undertaken in fintech in Scotland.”


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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.