Steer Davies Gleave appoints Helen Waters and Richard Aitken

05 January 2018

Steer Davies Gleave has expanded its railways business practice with the appointments of Helen Waters as Associate Director and Richard Aitken as Associate. The additions are part of wider expansion, with Waters tasked with leading the expansion in the segment.

Prior to joining Steer Davies Gleave, Helen Waters worked with Arriva UK Trains as a Business Development Manager over a period of three years from 2014. During this time, she was also Interim General Manager for Zeta Automotive for six months concurrently. Earlier in her career, Waters worked as a Production Director at Cross Country Trains between 2010 and 2014, and as an Independent Consultant for Interim Rail Services from 2007 until 2010. Waters also held a variety of roles with Virgin Trains.

Now, Steer Davies Gleave have brought Waters into their firm as an Associate Director. Her extensive experience in the rail industry will be leveraged to lead the further expansion of the firm’s capabilities in the segment, focusing on new and existing clients. She will work out of the firm’s London office.

Helen Waters and Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken, who also joins Steer Davies Gleave, previously worked at Keolis as a Timetable & Resource Manager for four years. He was previously at Serco Docklands in the role of Operations Planning Manager for almost five and half years. Earlier in his career he worked in Train Planning and Station Information for Southern Railway over a two-year period.

Aitken joins the firm as an Associate in the firm’s Rail Operations segment. He will leverage his more than ten years’ experience in the industry to support clients in, among others, train planning, rolling stock, service delivery and performance improvement. He will work out of the firm’s London office.

Commenting on the appointments, Jim Richards, Director of Rail at Steer Davies Gleave said, “We are delighted to welcome Helen and Richard to Steer Davies Gleave, adding significant experience to our great team.”

The appointments come at a time of continued uncertainty in the UK’s rail network, with high prices, infrastructure investment requirements and failing franchise adding to industry headaches. Steer Davies Gleave are subsequently experiencing heightened demand for their transport advisory services, as rail networks look to improve their public perception in particular, and deliver improved levels of value. Recently, this saw the firm work with fellow consulting firm Ramboll to deliver a public transport overhaul for the south coast city of Southampton.

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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.