UK business of GHD promotes Craig Stockton and Andrew Potts

19 July 2017

International engineering consultancy GHD has made two senior appointments in its UK business. Craig Stockton has been named Managing Director UK, succeeding Mark Ingram, while Andrew Potts has been promoted to head of the firm’s Property & Buildings arm. 

Craig Stockton has been with GHD since the acquisition of GHA Livigunn in 2015, a company he joined in 1996. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Stockton has vast experience in leading process plant projects, including front-end design, plant layout and value engineering.

Stockton has been promoted to Managing Director for the UK, tasked with leading the firm’s 300 man-strong people base across offices in Leeds, York, Newcastle, Nottingham, Chester, Manchester, London and Glasgow. He takes over the role from Mark Ingram, who continues in his role as General Manager for the Europe and Middle East (EMEA) region. Founded in 1928 in Australia, GHD employs 8,500 people across the globe.

Craig Stockton and Andrew Potts - GHD

A chartered structural engineer, Andrew Potts has been with the engineering and consulting firm for more than 18 years, designing and managing building projects for clients in the industrial, retail, residential, education and leisure sectors. His recent projects include a pioneering research and development facility which includes a 53 meter clear spanning roof for Unilever at Port Sunlight, a new purpose built spa and swimming pool facility at Swinton Park and a 5 star purpose-built hotel with piled basement plus restoration of a Grade II listed Hall, both set in the Yorkshire Dales. Potts has also developed a wide variety of earthworks strategies, often for the remediation of brownfield sites and is a skilled designer of retaining structures. 

Commenting on Potts’ promotion to UK Market Sector Leader for Property & Buildings, Stockton said, “We are committed to retaining the best talent so that we deliver excellent client service. Andrew is highly regarded for his commitment to building strong relationships and a dedication to providing real value for our clients. His principal skills lie in his ability to challenge and drive value engineered solutions, often generating development cost savings whilst keeping the client’s outcomes foremost at all times.”

“I am really excited by the opportunities to further extend our building and construction support capability”, remarked Potts on his new challenge.


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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.