Jake Sumner joins political | public affairs consultancy Field Consulting

07 November 2017 Consultancy.uk

Jake Sumner has joined Field Consulting as a Director. The ninth member of the senior team at the firm brings with him 20 years of experience in political communications and project delivery, including a term serving former Cabinet Minister John Denham, and ex-Shadow Cabinet Minister Chuka Umunna.

With geo-political instability having reached sudden peaks over the past year since the surprise Brexit poll, the shock election of Donald Trump, and the previously unthinkable hung Parliament of 2017’s UK general election, public affairs management and planned communications have become of paramount importance for actors in the increasingly volatile world of public relations. Field Consulting, previously known as Corporate Reputation Consulting, are a consultancy specialising in public affairs, media relations and property, and planning communications. Present clients of Field include Berkeley Homes, Capital Counties Properties, Govia Thameslink Railway, Rail Supply Group, High Speed Rail Industry Leaders and Velocys. Field’s team is currently growing in order to meet demand from clients looking to manage controversial, topical issues, as well seeking broader support with their communications needs.

Jake Sumner’s 20 year career would mark him out to many as an ideal candidate for his new position at the firm. The former Chief Political Adviser to Chuka Umunna MP has joined Field as a Director, bringing with him a resume that also includes communications, policy, campaigns and project delivery in various high profile roles. Following a period at Transport for London, where Sumner lead the funding campaign and communications strategy for Crossrail, he also worked as a Special Advisor to fellow Labour MP John Denham – who was Secretary for Communities and Local Government under Gordon Brown’s ill-fated premiership during Sumner’s time in the position.

Jake Sumner - Consultant at Field Consulting

Following Denham’s short stint as Shadow Business Secretary, Sumner remained in his position as Senior Advisor to the office, after a reshuffle from then-leader Ed Miliband saw Chuka Umunna assume the position, as the Labour Party attempted to revitalise itself following a poor performance in the polls. Umunna, who was once touted as a future leader of the Party, exiled himself to the backbenches following the surprise election of committed leftist and present Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who he refused to serve under as a Shadow Minister. Sumner followed suit, and has since worked as an Associate Director in Industrial Strategy for the ResPublica think tank.

Sumner’s arrival at Field as a Director effectively sees him replace Luke Pollard, who left the agency in the summer following a successful campaign in the Summer’s snap election, becoming a Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport. However, Field is not just treading water, the firm is in the midst of an expansion effort, with Sumner becoming the latest of four new hires at the consultancy, taking their member-count to nine. He joins Jonathon Andrew, James Sloan, Rachael Shanahan, Sara Price, Deborah James, Lyndsey Drea and Alex Morton at the agency founded by former Edelman director Chris Rumfitt in 2014.

Speaking on the recruitment, Rumfitt, who is CEO of the firm, said, "Jake [Sumner] has extensive experience of working at the highest level within the Labour Party. Added to his unique expertise in the Industrial Strategy policy sphere, he represents a real talent our clients can now benefit from."

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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.