CBRE hires Jack Knivett as a Director in City Leasing team

21 July 2017

CBRE has boosted its City leasing team with the addition of Jack Knivett, formerly a Director at BNP Paribas Real Estate. The appointment adds additional advisory capacity regarding the Midtown, City and South Bank markets in a time of dynamic change in London.

Jack Knivett was most recently a Director for more than two years at French bank BNP Paribas’ Real Estate arm, in its West End Office Leasing team. He was previously at real estate advisers and chartered surveyors Farebrother, latterly as a Partner in its Leasing, Sales and Development team and previously as an Associate Partner. Earlier in his career, between 2010 and 2012, he was an Associate Partner at Edward Charles & Partners; and, between 2006 and 2010 a Surveyor Doherty Baines – where he started his career.

Knivett, a Master of Arts in European Real Estate who graduated from Kingston University, also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Northumbria.

Jack Knivett - CBRE

The appointment sees Knivett join CBRE’s London City Leasing team as a Director. He brings more than 10 years of experience to the firm, with much of its built up across the Midtown, City and South Bank markets – which continue to see demand and change in light of Brexit. His experience will be leverage to support CBRE’s expansion in the region.

Chris Vydra, Head of City Office Leasing at CBRE said about the appointment of Knivett, “Jack’s expertise and experience will complement our already strong City team and will further enhance our ability to provide a best-in-class service to our clients.”

Knivett’s appointment comes in the middle of a busy year for CBRE’s recruitment wing. Earlier in the Summer it was reported the firm had hired Rhodri Davies to Lead their UK retail team. That followed Peter Victor and Andy Cunningham, both hired from rival Cushman & Wakefield as Director in the firm’s Advisory & Transaction Services team and Tenant Representation and Acquisition Services Lead respectively.

Earlier in 2017, CBRE also hired Phil Cann as Head of Investment Properties, along with Tom Woolhouse, who joined as Senior Director in the firm’s South East team, and Peter Victor, also poached from Cushman & Wakefield, as Senior Managing Director.


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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.