Nicola Quayle succeeds Jonathan Holt as KPMG's Manchester boss

03 October 2017

Firm veteran Nicola Quayle, who was most recently head of Audit for the North of England, is KPMG's new boss for its Manchester outfit. As the new office managing partner, Quayle is tasked with running the firm's 900 strong regional office.

Nicola Quayle has been with KPMG since 1996, and in the intervening years, worked her way up to the rank of Partner. She has worked across various regions in England, including London, Liverpool and Preston. Most recently she worked in Manchester as the audit lead for the firm’s largest public, private equity and privately-owned clients in the North of England. In the past, she held a role on the Board of KPMG UK, and has also served as Chair of KPMG’s Audit and Risk Committee. She started her career at Pannell Kerr Forster as a Trainee Accountant in 1991, following the successful achievement of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Liverpool John Moores University.

Now, Quayle has been promoted to the rank of Senior Partner, and the new head of the firm’s Mancunian office. She will lead 900 staff members amid a period of disruption for regional industry – with new technologies, the Brexit vote and global geopolitical dynamics ushering in considerable change. Quayle, who is also a Non Executive Director on KPMG's UK Board, succeeds Jonathan Holt, who continues his almost 25 years at the firm as Head of Financial Services UK.

Nicola Quayle and Jonathan Holt - KPMG

Reflecting on her new challenge Quayle said, “Having played an active role in the business community of this fantastic city region for many years, it is such a privilege to be now given the opportunity to lead one of KPMG’s largest regional offices in the UK.”

She added, “Manchester’s standing as a vibrant, dynamic and forward-thinking city on both the national and international stage is ever-growing, and I am excited by the opportunity to be able to play a part in its future development." Commenting on her priorities over the coming months, she stated "It will be to ensure that we continue to deliver best-in-class services to our clients across the region, while maintaining a keen focus on developing the skills of our people, ensuring we can recruit and retain the very best talent.”

Remarking on the promotion, Chris Hearld, North region chair for KPMG, added, “Nicola has outstanding credentials, having spent time working with the boards of some of the region’s biggest and most entrepreneurial businesses. She is passionate about our people, and in particular their skills and development, and is a great advocate for the financial and professional services community at large. I know that she will lead the Manchester office with drive and enthusiasm, building on the success we have achieved in recent years.”

Last month KPMG in the UK picked up Martin Wells from rival Capgemini – Wells is a Partner in the firm's management consulting business, with a focus on the power & utilities sector.

Globally KPMG has a revenue of $25.4 billion, up from $20.6 billion in 2010.


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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.