Brickendon promotes Harpreet Singh and Richard Cryer to executive level

20 August 2017

Brickendon, a consultancy for the financial services industry has, on the back of strong growth, promoted two directors Harpreet Singh and Richard Cryer, to executive level.

Harpreet Singh joined Brickendon Consulting in the summer of last year, after gaining more than fifteen years’ experience in the financial services industry. He previously served Citi for about five years, where he latterly was responsible for portfolio of regulatory projects across OTC, Cash and Delta 1, and Deutsche Bank, UBS and Merrill Lynch, as well as spending nearly four years at IT consulting firms Oracle and TCS. From Brickendon’s base in London, Singh currently leads the firm’s data practice. 

Richard Cryer meanwhile is a leader in Brickendon’s risk and regulatory practice – he is also based in London. Cryer joined the management consulting and technology consultancy firm in the summer of last year, coming from PwC, where he served as a Senior Manager in London. Previously, he worked for among others Riskcare, IBM, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

“We are very pleased to be able to reward great performances with promotion,” said Brickendon CEO Christopher Burke. “Both Harpreet and Richard have earned their new positions and we look forward to them playing an increased role in the leadership of our expanding global company.”

Harpreet Singh and Richard Cryer - Brickendon

Brickendon, founded in 2010, is experiencing significant growth: sales in the first quarter were up 60% on the same period a year earlier, while the consulting firm is on track to target group-wide sales of £30 million by the end of year. According to Burke, the firms believes the source of the growth is the delivery of “innovative and tailored solutions” at a time when the financial services sector is facing major disruption from FinTechs, technology-led innovation and changing customer expectations. 

The promotion of Singh and Cryer comes shortly after the firm added three partner to its leadership ranks. In June, Chris Beer, an alumnus of Cognizant, Sia Partners and EY, joined as a partner to oversee the firm’s strategy practice, while earlier in the year, executive directors Nathan Snyder and Lee Pittaway were promoted to partners. Snyder overseas the firm’s data and quality practices and Pittaway is head business development. 

Looking ahead, Burke hinted at the fact that Brickendon – which also has an office in New York (established in July 2016) – is considering other options for expansion to capitalise on opportunities, including entering new markets. 

Last month Brickendon commited to the Women in Finance Charter, as part of its pledge to promote gender diversity in financial services.

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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.