Deloitte UK partner Alex Woodhead joins Baringa

29 January 2015

London based consultany Baringa Partners has recently expanded its banking practice with Alex Woodhead, who has been appointed as a partner. He joins from Deloitte Consulting, where he spent the last 18 years. At Baringa Woodhead will focus mainly on growing the firm’s operational transformational capabilities across the banking sector.

After obtaining his MSc. In Economics from the University of Cambridge, Woodhead started his career at Barclays, where he worked for five years, in his last role as Corporate Relationship Manager. In 1997 Woodhead decided to exchange the banking sector for the consulting industry, and joined Deloitte. During his 18 year spell at the Big Four, he worked on dozens of clients engagement centered around the design and delivery of operating model change. Over the last seven years he led operational transformation in retail banking and became a partner in 2010. During that time, he grew the team from eight to over 70 staff and was actively involved in numerous banking transaction and change programmes.

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According to Claire Paisley, Partner and Head of Banking at Baringa, Woodhead’s addition to the partner team will be “invaluable” for both the consultancy as well as its clients. “Now more than ever, firms know they must take a hard look at the way they do business. As they face some tough questions around the sustainability of the universal banking model, our aim is to guide them to the next stage. Alex has worked at the heart of the banking industry for many years and his experience will be invaluable to us and our clients.”

Asked for the motivation for moving from Deloitte to Baringa, Woodhead states: “I’ve been aware of Baringa’s work for many years; the company has an impressive track record. Part of what attracted me to this role was Baringa’s exceptional pool of talent and its culture of collaboration and commitment.” Looking forward, Woodhead says he “relishes the chance” to help shape Baringa’s future.

Claire Paisley and Alex Woodhead

For the London based consultancy it is the third partner addition in the space of a few months, reflecting the firm’s ambition to boost its footprint in the two key markets it serves: Financial Services and Energy & Utilities. Earlier this year the firm hired James Belmont, also a former Barclays banker, to head the firm’s newly launched Risk Analytics practice. And more recently Guy Dent was added, who similar to Woodhead also joined from Deloitte. Dent has been tasked with developing Baringa’s footprint in the Telecoms and Media consulting space, which if all goes to plan in the coming months, will grow to become the third major industry the firm serves.


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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.