PwC promotes Charlie Johnson-Ferguson as Transport and Logistics lead

30 January 2018

PwC has appointed Charlie Johnson-Ferguson to lead the Transport and Logistics advisory business. The appointment of Johnson-Ferguson who has been with the firm since 1996, includes leadership of more than 200 professionals in a time of seismic change within the industry.

Charlie Johnson-Ferguson has been with PwC for the past 21 years, most recently he held the position of Partner in the firm’s UK business, working across the corporate finance and transport segment, which included global exposure with roles across Transport, Health, Education, Housing and Defence in Europe and a two-year secondment in Australia. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Economic History, which he obtained from the University of Bristol.

The transportation segment is currently undergoing a wide array of changes. Electrification, automation and mobility is set to transform the automotive industry, while increased focus on improving public transport will potentially reduce the need to leverage fossil fuels.Charlie Johnson FergusonThe appointment of Johnson-Ferguson further boosts PwC’s ability to support its clients acclimatise to the new transport sector conditions. He brings more than sixteen years to the role, and will lead a 200-person strong team, covering issues across the transport and logistics. The appointment will allow the firm to better serve its clients as focus increasingly shifts to new mobility options, from public transport to walking. Johnson-Ferguson succeeds Coolin Desai, who has been with the firm since 2000 and was in the role since 2011.

Commenting on his appointment as UK Transport and Logistics leader at PwC, Charlie Johnson-Ferguson said, “I am thrilled to be asked to lead such a strong and diverse team who are passionate about what they do. With the recent Industrial Strategy and a greater emphasis than ever on generating increasingly connected networks across the UK, the transport and logistics industry has never been a more dynamic place to work.”

Lisa Hooker, leader of Consumer Markets at PwC said, “I am delighted that Charlie has taken on the leadership of our UK Transport and Logistics practice. He brings a wealth of experience and is ideally suited to working with our clients as they manage significant change in the years ahead."

PwC has been working to fortify its offerings across a number of sectors, amid increasing demand in the run up to Brexit’s finalisation. Hooker is a recent appointment herself, having been hired to head up PwC’s Retail practice in October, as a result of this boost to interest from clients looking to prepare for post-EU life.


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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.