Eden McCallum advisor Orna Ni-Chionna joins board of Burberry

19 January 2018 Consultancy.uk

British luxury fashion house Burberry has confirmed the appointment of Orna Ni-Chionna as non-executive director, with immediate effect. The former McKinsey Partner will serve as a member of the board’s renumeration and nomination committees, alongside her continuing duties at consulting firm Eden McCallum.

After gaining an MBA at Harvard Business School, Orna Ni-Chionna spent almost two decades with management consultancy giants McKinsey, arriving in 1983, before ascending to the position of co-leader for the firm’s European Retail Practice. Ni-Chionna departed in 2001, but later joined Eden McCallum, a consulting firm which was itself formed by ex-McKinsey consultants, consultants Liann Eden and Dena McCallum in 2000. Ni-Chionna still serves as Chair of the firm’s Client Service wing.

Burberry’s new Non-Executive Director will fulfil her role the board's remuneration and nomination committees alongside a host of other standing commitments. She currently is a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at Saga and Royal Mail, as well as the Chair of Trustees for the Soil Association, and has also sat as Deputy Chair of UK charity, the National Trust, since 2014. On top of this, Ni-Chionna gained further experience in retail having formerly held directorships at media outlet HMV, Northern Foods and the Bank of Ireland UK.

Burberry appoints ex-McKinsey Partner Orna Ni-Chionna as Non-Executive Director

Commenting on the appointment, Burberry Chairman John Peace said, "In addition to the experience she brings on remuneration matters, her strong UK plc and business experience will be a great asset to Burberry as we continue to focus on delivering long-term shareholder value.”

Shares in Burberry rose 1.0%, at 1,801.10 pence, following the news of Ni-Chionna’s appointment. The fashion retailer had reported a slump in sales as a luxury tourism shopping spree in the UK reached its peak at the end of 2017. The British brand, best known for its iconic trench-coats, said sales at established UK stores were down by about 8% in the three months leading to 31 December, largely because of the tailing off of a boom in high-spending Chinese consumers visiting the UK.

While general fashion stores saw their lowest number of net closures in three years over the course of 2017, the sector is bracing itself for the implications of Brexit. Should the UK’s withdrawal from the EU further impact visitor numbers, sales figures across the industry could be impacted further – making for a tense beginning to 2018.


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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.