Oxera appoints Graeme Ashley-Fenn and Peter Andrews as Senior Advisors

19 December 2017 Consultancy.uk

Oxera, an economics research focused consultancy firm, has welcomed two new Senior Advisors to its in-house economic-expert ranks. Former Alvarez & Marsal Partner Graeme Ashley-Fenn, who has a background in both private and public financial services firms, and Peter Andrews, who was most recently at the Financial Conduct Authority, are both set to join the team. 

Prior to joining Oxera, Graeme Ashley-Fenn worked at Gratia Consultancy as a Managing Director for more than six years. He was previously at investment firm BlackRock, where he was a Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Strategy & Advice for a year. Earlier roles during his 36 year career include Partner and Managing Director, and Head of Regulatory Advisory Services at consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal; Director at the Financial Services Authority; Director of Operations & Technology at Pitney Bowes, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Economics & International Politics.

Ashley-Fenn joins the firm as a Senior Advisor, and will remain based in London. The firm will hope to leverage his extensive industry experience across a range of relevant financial market related projects, particularly on behalf of the firm’s Financial Services team.

Peter Andrews was most recently the Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority for a period of four years, following almost a year as Head of Research and Economic Analysis, and nine years in various roles of increasing seniority, including Head of Cost-Benefit Analysis and Early Warnings and Manager in the Economics of Financial Regulation. Previously, between 1992 and 1995 he worked at Prudential Standards as an Assistant Director; as the Group Head Office and Policy Manager at Midland Bank; and as a Senior Manager at Deloitte. He holds a Master of Arts in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and a Master of Science in Economic Competition and Regulation from the University of London, City.

Oxera appoints Graeme Ashley-Fenn and Peter Andrews as Senior Advisors

Andrews also joins the firm as a Senior Adviser, and will boost the firm’s financial service related credentials with more than 30 years of financial services and consulting related experience. He will work for two days per week at the firm, on projects covering strategy in finance and regulation.

Ashley-Fenn commented on his appointment, that he is “delighted to be appointed as a Senior Adviser to Oxera,” while stating that his regulatory experience will dovetail closely with behavioural and competition economics. He noted that this combined expertise will provide him with an enormous opportunity to deliver high-quality advice and support to clients.

In similar vein, Andrews indicated his excitement to be handed a new role at “a time when the ability of markets to work well is being challenged, when firms are seeking to open up new markets in response to political changes, and when increasing the efficiency of regulation is more important than ever.”

Earlier in the year, the firm also promoted two new Principals. Oxera elevated Avantika Chowdhury and Nicole Robins as part of a campaign to drive growth in the firm. Aside from their duties to advise clients in their respective areas of expertise, Competition and State Aid respectively, they were also tasked with further expanding the firm’s business.

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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.