HFI Consulting International founder inducted into GlobalScot network

23 August 2017 Consultancy.uk

Following plans from Hugh Fraser, a lawyer and Middle East business expert, to relaunch his business, he has been inducted into a global networking initiative set up to help Scottish firms break international markets. Originally from Aberdeen, he has joined Globalscot in the hope of helping companies with roots in North Sea oil and gas to grow their business in the region where he is now based. Fraser had spent the previous four years as a managing partner of global law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon’s Dubai offices, and the rebranded HFI Consulting International will now look to grow ranks, having appointed Malcolm Kelly as a senior legal consultant.

Middle East business expansion expert HFI Consulting International has made a key appointment to its legal management team amid preparations for its formal relaunch. Malcolm Kelly joins the team as a senior legal consultant, having amassed over 20 years of experience with global engineers Weir Group. At the firm, Kelly was a corporate and commercial lawyer, along with latterly being a senior legal advisor, acting as the firm's chief commercial and compliance counsel. While HFI’s founder, Middle East business expert Hugh Fraser continues to work abroad, Kelly will primarily work out of HFI's Aberdeen office, supporting clients operating in the energy industry and water sector to implement expansion plans in the Middle East. In addition to bases in Aberdeen and Dubai, HFI Consulting International will have offices in Amsterdam and Saudi Arabia, and plans to expand its scope further by utilising the skills of a network of specialist consultants and in-country legal experts.

According to Kelly, the role is something he has extensive experience in, despite his legal background. "Although I am a lawyer, my role for the past 20 years has been so much more than administering legal advice. My job has been to help businesses develop strategies to promote growth and opportunity while at the same time ensuring they have appropriate systems for assessing and managing risk. The correct balance is fundamental in reassuring shareholders that their interests are being looked after,” he said following his appointment.

HFI continues its international relaunch, meanwhile, with Hugh Fraser announcing the business’ return in August 2017. Fraser has been helping companies grow in the Middle East and North Africa for the past 20 years, including a recent four year stint as managing partner of the Dubai offices of global law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon. Over the past two decades, Fraser has developed an extensive knowledge of the region’s business and legal structures. HFI Consulting International will specialise in the planning and execution of business expansion projects for companies with advanced technology and know-how in the energy industry and water sector.

Hugh Fraser and Malcolm Kelly - HFI

Fraser, who initially launched the company, has meanwhile been inducted into a global networking initiative set up to help Scottish firms break international markets. The Aberdonian has become a member of Globalscot, and organisation aimed at assisting companies linked to North Sea oil and gas grow their business in the Middle East region, which remains one of the world’s key oil markets. The group was established by Scottish Enterprise 16 years ago, comprising of business leaders, entrepreneurs and executives with a connection to Scotland.

Fraser said of his new network membership, “It is a huge honour to be part of the Globalscot network and I am looking forward to giving Scottish companies guidance on how to grow in the Middle East and North Africa. Internationalisation can be an intense and time-consuming process – especially in a region with very different structures and cultures – so it’s essential that companies have access to the right kind of help… Although I have been based in the United Arab Emirates for well over a decade, the majority of businesses I have worked with have their origins in the North Sea. As a proud Scot, it has given me great satisfaction to see so many Scottish companies succeeding overseas but there is still much to be done in reducing the rate of failures and increasing our rates of success.”

Fraser was accredited by the Globalscot network by David Rennie, head of oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise. Rennie said of the network’s gain, “We have already worked with [Hugh Fraser] over a number of years and I know that his knowledge of key overseas markets, his willingness to help Scottish companies through advice and guidance, and his own networks and connections will play an important role in assisting Scotland to promote itself on the global stage.”

Scottish First Minister and Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon meanwhile signed a letter to Fraser, welcoming him to the network. The letter stated, “As a Globalscot you will have an opportunity to directly support the growth of our most ambitious companies and your advice and guidance will be invaluable in helping the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise shape strategies and approaches for those industries and markets that are most important to Scotland’s future.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.