Arup appoints Ben Smith as new Director for Energy

15 January 2018

Arup has hired former AECOM and Halliburton consultant Ben Smith as Director of Energy, Cities and Climate Change. Smith will be responsible for expanding Arup’s efforts to help cities take practical steps to address climate change and increase their resilience.

Ben Smith has been appointed as Director of Energy, Cities and Climate Change to further expand Arup’s efforts to help cities take practical steps to address climate change and increase their resilience. 

Following his graduation from the University of the West of England, with a BSc Hons in Environmental Science, Smith began his consulting career with Halliburton in 2001, working as a consultant with the oil and energy giant for three years before joining civil engineering group AECOM in 2004. Over the course of Smith’s near-14 year stint at the firm, he fulfilled roles in three divisions and two countries.

On his way to becoming Director of Sustainable Development, Buildings and Places for the professional services provider’s UK&I wing, Smith fulfilled a succession of energy-related roles, including Associate Director for Sustainability, Environment, Buildings & Places, VIC in the Melbourne office of AECOM’s Australian outlet, as of May 2012. Returning to the UK in 2014, Smith took up his final role of Sustainable Development Director at the firm before seeking a new challenge at the end of 2017.

Ben Smith

Arup is a consulting firm found at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. With over 80 offices in 35 countries, Arup has more than 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants, and Smith will now play a major role supporting the firm’s work for partners. This includes projects such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Programme and 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation working with Arup Director Paula Kirk.

The C40 is focused on helping cities to accelerate practical action on climate change and, with support from Arup, has grown to represent over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Last year, the firm shared the C40’s Deadline 2020 guidelines, setting out the steps that cities need to take to reduce their CO2 emissions to comply with the Paris Agreement. For 100 Resilient Cities, Arup is also currently helping 25 cities around the world to develop city resilience action plans, and recently completed work on an innovative ‘solar gate’ in Hull, as well as the design of a new shell for a heat and power plant in Manchester.

Joining from AECOM, where he was Director of Sustainable Development, Ben has over 15 years’ experience, gained working on projects around the world. He specialises in sustainable development, energy strategy, climate change and urban resilience.

Remarking on his new role, Smith said, “Joining Arup provides me with a great opportunity to continue working closely with cities on the practical steps towards addressing climate change and improving urban resilience, helping them cope with the challenges they are facing such as population growth, natural hazards, pollution and resource depletion. I believe we have an opportunity to play a major role in embedding effective sustainable solutions across the built environment sector.”

Paula Kirk, Director, Energy, Cities and Climate Change said of the appointment, “We’re delighted to have Ben on board, further strengthening Arup’s ability to play a major global role in bringing about practical solutions to the climate challenges faced by cities. Ben brings valuable experience in planning for and delivering low carbon energy and climate resilient solutions”.  


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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.