Mazars re-appoints former Audit Partner from Grant Thornton

24 January 2018

Global professional services firm Mazars has confirmed the return of Sam Porritt to the firm’s London office, after he left for Grant Thornton three years ago. Porritt had been working as a Director at Grant Thornton, but will now be tasked with building up Mazars’ Insurance Audit practice.

From changing business models and cyber risk to change management, and even the consideration of self-driving cars, insurers are presently having to look beyond Brexit to the wider challenges facing the industry, as traditional strategies are coming under increasing threat. As a result, the consulting industry is positioning itself to handle a coming glut of work in the insurance sector.

Mazars, in line with the rest of the industry, is therefore working to strengthen its Insurance Audit practice. The latest addition to the firm’s wing sees former Partner Sam Porritt return to the office he left three years previously.

Before re-uniting with Mazars, Porritt had been working for rival firm Grant Thornton, where he was a Director in the firm’s Financial Services Group. There, he helped to offer financial services clients audit, assurance and advisory services. Earlier roles in his diverse career include Portfolio Manager at Kleinwort Benson; a Unit trust accountant for Tyndall Investment Management in Australia; and even a stint as a Runner and Camera Assistant for the NBC coverage of the Sydney Olympics.

Sam Porritt - Insurance Audit Partner - Mazars

Having obtained a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Porritt began his career at Mazars in the UK in 1996 as a trainee, rising to Audit Senior over a three-year period, before his first exit from the firm. His first return saw him become an Audit Partner, as he worked with Mazars over an eleven year period in its Insurance team.

As he begins his third spell with Mazars, Porritt takes up the role of Insurance Audit Partner in the firm’s London office. He has been tasked with using his extensive experience to strengthen the firm’s Insurance Audit practice, which covers clients including investment managers and private equity companies.

Commenting on Porritt’s new chapter at the firm, Michael Tripp, Partner and Head of Financial Services, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Sam back to Mazars. He brings significant experience to our insurance audit practice and his appointment reinforces our commitment to the sector”.

Porritt remarked on his return, “I’m thrilled to be back at Mazars and excited by the opportunity to build on the firm’s deep insurance knowledge and experience.”

Earlier, Grant Thornton also announced key changes to its global Insurance team. The firm appointed a new leader of its world-wide practice, promoting Matt Tierney to one of its most senior roles.


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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.