Barnett Waddingham boosts insurance consulting team

10 February 2015

Barnett Waddingham has appointed two new associates to boost its insurance consulting team: David Hughes and Jody Glennie. The additions not only reflect the firm’s growth in the insurance consulting business but will also boost its presence in the insurance marketplace.

Barnett Waddingham is one of the larger providers of actuarial, administration and consultancy services in the UK. The firm that was founded in 1989 and started off with 20 people, it has since grown to a staff of more than 640 and 62 partners working from its seven locations around the UK.

In order to accommodate the continued growth of its insurance consulting business, the consulting firm recently strengthen its insurance consulting team with the appointment of two new associates: David Hughes and Jody Glennie. “David and Jody’s appointments reflect the continued growth and strengthening of our insurance consulting team here at Barnett Waddingham. Both of our new associates share considerable experience and expertise which will make them valuable additions to the team, helping to build our presence in the general and life insurance marketplace,” explains Scott Eason, Head of insurance consulting at Barnett Waddingham.

Scott Eason, Barnett Waddingham.

Hughes joins the firm from consulting firm Marsh where he worked for almost two and a half year, first as Practice Leader of Business Analytics in London and later as Head of Analytics of Marsh UK & Ireland. In his new role at Barnett Waddingham, Hughes will focus on the development of the firm’s general insurance consultancy services around data analytics and pricing. Glennie joins the firm from PwC’s Actuarial and Insurance Management Solutions team and will be responsible for the enhancing and developing of the firm’s risk and capital management services for life insurers.

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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.