Grant Thornton appoints Will Davies to lead FIS team

05 February 2015 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton has appointed forensic investigation partner Will Davies to head its Forensic and Investigation Services unit. Davies will lead a team of more than 100 employees and oversee the firm’s expansion of the FIS team in the UK.

Will Davies joined Grant Thornton in 2002 and has gained sector experience in banking, insurance, retail, private equity, manufacturing and energy. In his career at the firm, he climbed the ranks and became partner in forensic investigation services. Recently he has been appointed to head the firm’s Forensic and Investigation Services (FIS) unit. Davies will lead the firm’s FIS team consisting of seven partners and over 100 colleagues across the UK. He will oversee the continued expansion and further development of the FIS team in the UK and enhance the firm’s collaboration with Grant Thornton member firms internationally in order to establish “best-in-class cross-border project teams”.

Will Davies - Grant Thornton

The Forensic and Investigation Services unit was established by Grant Thornton in July last year, in a push to bundle offerings and capitalise on the growing market potential. The practice is part of the firm’s advisory offering and resolves complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes and investigations.

“Ambitious organisations are now finding themselves exposed to myriad commercial and legal risks which have never been as profound. Increasingly complex regulatory agendas, the potential – and threat – of IT and data intelligence, along with the disparities in international legal frameworks are only a sample of the concerns keeping business leaders up at night. In turn, they’re areas where our specialist team has the capabilities and expertise in providing impartial, commercially sound advice in resolving highly complicated disputes,” explains Davies.  

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.