KPMG duo Katsouris and Ashbrook promoted to Partners

24 November 2017

KPMG has added two new Partners as part of its latest round of promotions in the North West. Both Jessica Katsouris and Grant Ashbrook have ascended to the rank of Partner, alongside nine promotions to Director at the Big Four firm’s Manchester outfit.

Amid a period of disruption for the regional industry in England’s North West – with new technologies, the Brexit vote and global geopolitical dynamics ushering in considerable change – KPMG’s presence in the region has been undergoing a period of transition, as the firm gears up to assist and advise clients in the face of economic uncertainty. October saw Nicola Quayle promoted to the rank of Senior Partner, and made the new head of the firm’s Mancunian office, succeeding Jonathan Holt, who was himself promoted following almost 25 years at the firm to Head of Financial Services UK.

Now, the Big Four professional services group has named two new Partners in its Manchester office. Jessica Katsouris has been promoted to the role within the audit practice after building up her expertise in financial services over the past 19 years. Jessica trained at KPMG in Bristol before joining Credit Suisse in Zurich, within its group consolidation team. In 2004, after three years at Credit Suisse, she returned to KPMG, joining the financial services team in Manchester.KPMG duo Jessica Katsouris and Grant Ashbrook promoted to Partners

Grant Ashbrook, who also makes the grade for Partner, was recruited by KPMG in 2002, and has more than 15 years' experience as a transfer pricing specialist within the firm's tax team. During his career with KPMG, which includes a year’s experience working in China, Ashbrook helped to implement supply-chain and tax packages for multinational companies across Europe, the US and Asia.


Chris Hearld, KPMG's North region chairman, said of the pair, "Their experience and skillset demonstrate the specialist talent we have in the North of England to support the needs of the local business community. They now join a partner group in our thriving offices in Liverpool and Manchester, which have been bolstered by an impressive intake of graduates, school leavers and apprentices.”

Katsouris and Ashbrook are joined by nine director promotions in KPMG's Manchester office. Helen McCourt, Elizabeth Meadowcroft and Nisha Sharma have all been promoted to director in the KPMG's deal advisory practice. Ryan Ballantyne, Adrian Wills and Christopher Hardman are now tax directors and Andrew Stone, Matthew Jackson and Andrew Trasler have become directors within the firm's restructuring, advisory and management consulting practices respectively.


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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.