New Managing Director for Hay Group UK and Ireland

06 February 2015

Hay Group has recently appointed consulting expert Jim Tapper as Cluster Leader for North Europe and Managing Director UK and Ireland. In this capacity, Tapper, who joins from recruiter Korn/Ferry, will be tasked with continuing the firm’s regional success and aligning operations across the group. 

Jim Tapper joins Hay Group with more than 30 years of consulting experience and extensive expertise in energy and utilities market. He most recently gained this at the Leadership and Talent Consulting practice of Korn/Ferry International, where he acted as Managing Partner for four years. Prior to this, he fulfilled the role of Chief Executive of human capital consulting firm Capital H Group and its subsidiary The Centre for High Performance Development from 2008 to 2010. Before this, Tapper fulfilled Managing Director roles at Logica (between 2004 and 2008) and at Novera Energy (between 2003 and 2004). Tapper who started his career at Accenture in 1997 has a Bachelor degree in Government and Philosophy and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University.

Jim Tapper - Hay Group

At Hay Group, a global consultancy with 2,600 employees across 47 countries, Tapper has been named Managing Director UK and Ireland, as well as head of the North Europe region. The frontman has been given two key tasks: further building Hay Group's footprint in the region, and ensuring the firm's internal operations are aligned efficiently and effectively across the group.

Commenting on his appointment, Tapper says: “The organisation is unparalleled in the quality of its people and the relevance of its offerings to the challenges of its clients. This is a hugely exciting opportunity and I’m thrilled to be joining what is already a very successful business.” Israel Berman, Global Managing Director Mature Markets at Hay Group, adds: “We’re delighted that Jim has taken the helm for Hay Group in the UK & Ireland and North Europe, and he will play an instrumental role in ensuring that we go from strength-to-strength. His deep knowledge and experience in management and people related consulting will be a hugely valuable asset as we help to steer organisations through the people challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”


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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.