Former Accenture Ireland boss Mark Ryan joins Board of DCC

15 December 2017 Consultancy.uk

DCC has appointed former Accenture managing director Mark Ryan as a Non-Executive Director, as the firm attempts to expand into the US market. Ryan adds the role to his increasingly diverse portfolio, holding similar positions in three other Irish-founded organisations.

DCC is an international sales, marketing and support services group. The company was founded in 1976 by Jim Flavin, as Development Capital Corporation, with the company originally focusing on providing venture capital to start-ups. In the mid-1980s, the Dublin-headquartered firm changed direction and became an industrial holding company, changing its name to DCC and floating on the Irish Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange in 1994.

Still listed on the Dublin stock market, DCC has announced the appointment of Accenture’s former Managing Director of Ireland as a Non-Executive Director as it bids to strengthen its operations. Between 2005 and 2014, Mr Ryan held the top role in Accenture’s Irish arm, an extensive nine-year spell during which he led the development of the business, expanding its services and growing its number of employees to over 1,650 highly-skilled consultants, technology and business operations personnel.

Mark Ryan - Non-Executive Director - DCCDuring his almost 32-year stint at the consulting firm – in Ireland and abroad – Ryan served in numerous management and executive roles in delivering major strategy, IT and business change programmes for the company's clients locally and internationally. Since he left Accenture in 2014, stating that the time was appropriate to hand over to new leadership, Ryan has held a plethora of non-executive roles.

In December of 2014, Ryan joined Wells Fargo as an Independent Non-Executive Director, a role he still holds alongside Non-Executive Directorships at intelligence firm ECONIQ and payroll technology specialists immedis, both of which he took up in April 2017. Ryan also became Chairman of IP phone systems company Blueface in the same month.

A science graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Institute of Directors, Ryan will now also serve as a Non-Executive Director, sitting on DCC’s board, at a pivotal time for the company. Last week, DCC entered into the US market after it agreed to buy a liquefied petroleum gas business headquartered in Illinois.

Speaking on the appointment, DCC Chairman John Moloney said, "His management expertise in business strategy development and IT solutions as well as his wide-ranging board experience including at risk, audit and strategy sub-committee level make him a very good fit for our board.”

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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.