Lucy Blanchard new marketing manager of Curzon & Company

13 September 2017

Curzon & Company has appointed Lucy Blanchard as the firm’s new marketing manager. Blanchard brings considerable experience from both consultancy and industry marketing roles to the London-based management consultancy, having previously worked for Ayming, Aston Martin Lagonda and Rhead Group.

Prior to joining Curzon & Company, a management and transformation consultancy established in 2002, Blanchard headed the UK marketing team for Ayming. At the Paris-headquartered consultancy group (Ayming is one of France’s larger management consultancies), she helped build the group’s brand profile in the UK from scratch, following the firm’s rebranding from Alma Consulting Group. Blanchard also supported the successful launch of new service lines in the UK, as well as led the marketing for the firm’s procurement, supply chain, innovation and tax related thought leadership.

Previously, Blanchard worked as a Marketing Executive for Aston Martin Lagonda, where she led both B2B and B2C marketing activities for the After Sales & Parts subsidiary of the iconic luxury sports car manufacturer. She started her career with engineering consultancy Rhead Group (now part of Costain, a solutions provider), where she held marketing roles, initially in Warwick, and later in the firm’s Coventry office. 

Lucy Blanchard - Curzon & Company

In her new role as marketing manager, Blanchard has been tasked with extending Curzon & Company’s branding and marketing reach across the four sectors that the firm operates in – Financial Services, Manufacturing & Engineering Services, Infrastructure, and Telecoms, Media & Technology. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Lucy as a key new member of the Curzon team, at this exciting time in the evolution of the practice. It’s clear that her achievements at Ayming will serve her well as she supports the continued growth of our business and the development of the Curzon & Company brand”, said Douglas Badham, one of the five partners at Curzon & Company.

Badham added that the investment in marketing, and business development in its slipstream, aligns with the firm’s ambitious growth strategy: “we aim to double the size of the practice over the next two years”, he remarked.

Commenting on her new challenge, Blanchard said, “I’m delighted to be joining Curzon & Company at a really exciting time. Having been recognised at the Management Consultancies Association’s annual awards for the last three consecutive years, and with an impressive client list of blue chip organisations, Curzon’s credentials speak for themselves. With significant growth plans ahead, it’s a pleasure to be joining a business that recognises that marketing can, and must, play a key role in that development.”

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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.