Prachi Sacheti, Tara Samari and Jaipratap Singh join Cedar Consulting

17 August 2017

Cedar Consulting, a specialist in Oracle support and advisory, has in recent weeks added three new consultants to its growing team. Prachi Sacheti joined the firm’s UK Cloud team, Tara Samari strengthened the Managed Services Team, while Jaipratap Singh bolstered Cedar Consulting’s offshore Cloud arm in India.

With over seven years working as an Oracle HCM Consultant at Tech Mahindra, in Hyderabad, Prachi Sacheti brings with her expertise in implementation, support and enhancement of Taleo. An Oracle Certified and Masters qualified HR professional, she has served several global organisations with among others Talent Acquisition, Oracle HR Management, Payroll and Training & Development.

At Cedar Consulting, she is, from the base in London, responsible for the implementation, optimisation and integration of complex and multi-lingual Taleo modules at clients, while also supporting the Ciphr system-employee database for UK, Australia and New Zealand regions.

Jaipratap Singh joined Cedar’s offshore Cloud Practice in India. The experienced HCM Cloud consultant transferred from Hexaware where he worked on a number of Oracle Cloud projects, performing both functional and technical roles for multiple clients. During his time at Hexaware, he managed their offshore team at the Oracle campus and also worked on various Oracle HCM Cloud projects for INDIA, UAE and US clients. Singh has been working on HCM Cloud for five years, and brings capabilities in Fusion Core HR, Absence, T&L and Payroll to the business.

Prachi Sacheti, Jaipratap Singh and Tara Samari - Cedar consulting

Originally from Manchester, Tara Samari previously worked at Spire Healthcare working closely with hospitals, training and supporting the local HR contacts with PeopleSoft. In her new role as a Support Consultant, she will advise Cedar’s managed services clients on their support questions across Oracle’s suite of solutions supported by the IT consulting firm.

Meanwhile, Marc Boettcher, a Senior Consultant at Cedar Consulting, has been awarded a Gold Trophy membership for participating in Oracle’s official Talent Acquisition Cloud (formerly Taleo) community forums. Commenting on the news, Marisa Harris, the firm’s Marketing & Business Development Manager, said “It is great to have one of our own team members be recognised for giving back to the Oracle community as a top Oracle Taleo contributor. The sharing of knowledge and best practice is vital to ensuring that the community culture continues to grow, with engagement from all members of the Oracle eco system”

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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.