Advanced Discovery hires eDiscovery consultant Donald Macdonald

14 September 2017

Risk management consultancy Advanced Discovery has added Donald Macdonald, eDiscovery consultant, to its UK arm. Macdonald has extensive experience with helping clients resolve challenges relating to the use of technology and professional services for complex investigations and disputes.

Prior to joining Advanced Discovery, formerly known as Millnet in the UK*, Macdonald worked at DTI, another global eDiscovery and risk management service provider. During his two year stint at the firm, he worked on a number of high-profile cases for the government, as well as regulatory, arbitration and litigation matters for corporations and law firms. Prior to that, he served technology provider Merrill Corporation for over six years, and previously worked for over 10 years in litigation support at Slaughter and May in London.

“We are delighted that Donald has joined our team,” said Julia Chain, UK managing director and executive vice president International of Advanced Discovery. “Donald brings over 20 years of practical legal industry experience and knowledge to our clients. His expertise will be key as we continue to expand and introduce new eDiscovery and risk management solutions for our clients.”

Donald Macdonald - eDiscovery consultant - Advanced Discovery

In his new role at Advanced Discovery, which was founded in 2002 and has a team of over 500 professionals, Macdonald will deploy his experience in the eDiscovery industry to help clients resolve challenges for complex investigations, regulatory matters and disputes. His focus will be crafting defensible solutions that make best use of the available technology in a cost proportionate manner. He also brings substantial experience in providing training to help clients develop in-house knowledge of eDiscovery for both corporations and law firms.

According to research from BDO, fraud at corporates and SMEs has seen a significant hike in recent years, pushing the national fraud toll to £2 billion, while cybersecurity is forming another major and growing risk for businesses.

Donald Macdonald holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of London King’s College; he studied law at the University of Westminster and Inns of Court School of Law. In addition, he is qualified as a Barrister (non-practising) in England and Wales and is a Relativity Certified Sales Professional.

* Millnet, one of UK’s largest eDiscovery firms, joined Advanced Discovery in January 2016. In July this year the UK wing adopted the Advanced Discovery brand.

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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.