Arcadis makes changes to its top leadership structure

24 February 2015

Global engineering and consulting firm Arcadis recently announced several changes to its regional leadership for the Middle East, UK, and Australia Pacific, as well as the appointment of a new Global Design Director. The new leadership structure follows the firm’s acquisition of design and engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting in October 2last year.

Australia Pacific
Greg Steele has been appointed the new Regional CEO for Australia Pacific. Steele moves to this position from his last function as Managing Director at Hyder Consulting, a role he fulfilled for the past five years. The Australia Pacific region will be Arcadis seventh region, which will, according to the firm, open up new opportunities with multi-national clients and better serve existing clients.

Neil McArthur - Greg Steele - Wael Allan - Alan Brookes - Graham Reid

Middle East
Wael Allan, Group COO and Chairman for Hyder Consulting in the Middle East, will become Arcadis’ regional CEO for the Middle East. Prior to joining Hyder in 2009, Allen worked for a number of major engineering and construction companies. Allen will lead a 2,200 person business in the Middle East and focus on winning major programmes.

United Kingdom
In the UK, the regional leadership will stay unchanged with Alan Brookes as the CEO. Brookes became the UK CEO early 2014 and previously held senior leadership roles at EC Harris (an Arcadis company) in the UK and Asia since 2000. As a result of the merger, Brooke will lead the 3,900 man strong UK team.

In addition to announcing its regional CEOs, Arcadis appointed Graham Reid as its Global Design Director. Reid proceeds to this function from his last role as Regional Managing Director for Hyder Consulting in the UK, which he fulfilled for the past five years. Before this, he acted as Area Director and Managing Director - Transportation Sector for the firm. As Global Design Director, Reid will offer Arcadis’ clients global design solutions and resources, to better meet their needs.

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Commenting on the appointments, Neil McArthur, CEO of Arcadis says: “The strategic rationale for bringing Hyder and Arcadis together was to further strengthen our design and consultancy position in key markets, provide a strong entry point into the Australian market and accelerate our ability to service clients in all markets from our design excellence centres across the world. Alan, Graham, Greg and Wael are all vastly experienced business leaders who I am excited to be working with to help our clients and our people realise the full value of our joint offering.”


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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.