Marc Davies leaves PwC to become Flexicare Finance Director

25 October 2017

Marc Davies has been appointed as a Finance Director for medical device manufacturers Flexicare. Davies brings 15 years of experience to the role, having latterly been a Director in Corporate Finance at Big Four accountancy and consultancy PwC. 

Flexicare is a leading UK manufacturer of medical devices, distributing to over 100 countries worldwide through a network of distributors and subsidiaries. The group, based in Mountain Ash, draws on a legacy of 35 years in design and development, while being encouraged to innovate by a modern manufacturing facility. 

The company has offices across Europe, the Middle East, India, Far East, USA and Australia, in order to respond to customers’ needs, providing a fast and efficient service in an industry where insurance premiums continue to skyrocket. 

Marc Davies

Former PwC employee Marc Davies has been confirmed as a new Finance Director for the medical manufacturers. An Oxford graduate, Davies holds an MSc (Distinction) in Mathematics, and first arrived at PwC after finishing his post-graduate studies in 2002. Davies initially worked in the Big Four firm’s Corporate Recovery department, until June 2007. 

Davies would return to the company six years later, working his way to Director of Corporate Finance before his exit this month. In between his stints with the world’s largest consulting firm, Davies, who is also an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, spent almost two years in corporate finance with Rowan Dartington, and a further four years with WHIreland Corporate & Institutional Broking’s own corporate finance department.

This appointment is not the first example of consulting and health industries crossing over, meanwhile. There has been movement in both directions, with consulting firms keen to involve themselves in a billion dollar industry, and healthcare industry incumbents looking to diversify and offer new services. The healthcare industry has increasingly seen companies move into consulting over the past few months, including UDG Healthcare’s $22 million deal for US management consultancy Vynamic. Meanwhile, consulting group Atos purchased three firms in the US healthcare IT advisory market.

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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.