Gate One adds James Brewin to consulting team by way of EY

30 August 2017

London based consultancy Gate One has bolstered its team with James Brewin, who joined as a Consultant from EY.

Late in 2016, Gate One hired Don Shields to grow its digital transformation offering, and as the young firm (founded in 2013*) continues its efforts to grow its profile and meet the needs of a larger base of clients, a new Consultant has joined the team. James Brewin, formerly of Big Four firm EY, arrived at Gate One as of July 2017. He will work from the company’s London office, helping to shape intelligent solutions and deliver lasting transformation results to organisations across the UK.

Gate One, based at London’s South Bank, is a management consulting firm specialising in business transformation services. The consultancy works for clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, travel, consumer goods, energy and government.

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Brewin, who studied in French at the Sciences-Po Paris University for a year on the way to obtaining a BA in Economics and French from Cardiff University, became an on-campus representative of professional services giant EY during his studies. Having spent around a year in that capacity with the Big Four, Brewin joined the firm full time as a graduate, working his way up to the rank of Senior Consultant by the end of his three year stint there. Relocating to London for his work, he participated in a number of high profile projects, including working with the Department of Health Procurement Transformation Programme on the redesign of the NHS Supply Chain in order to deliver improved quality and value for clinicians, patients and tax-payers – a project for which he was the Project and Transition Manager.

According to Brewin’s LinkedIn, he has settled quickly with the firm, stating, “Just five days in at Gate One and the firm has supported me to enrol in the Google Squared Online course through the Google Digital Academy. What a start! I think I'm going to like it here.”

With fluency in both French and Spanish in his skillset, Brewin may also prove of importance in the midst of an uncertain Brexit environment, as Gate One look to be beneficiaries of the disruption that the transition to post-EU life may present domestic and overseas clients, rather than victims. A huge number of financial sector and professional service jobs are currently projected to participate in a mass “Brexodus,” as Britain’s negotiations with the EU continue to falter. Consultants with an ability to reach out to the continental market may well improve increasingly important for fledgling consultancies like Gate One to weather the coming storm, and out-manoeuvre larger market competitors.

* Gate One as founded in 2013 by Simon Dennis, Tim Phillips, David Holliday and Alex McEvoy. Three years after its inception Gate One reached the milestone of fifty colleagues  – on the back of its growth the firm was named one of UK's top 100 start-ups by for multiple years, ranking 15th most recently.


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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.