Harvard Professor boosts Cornerstone Research

04 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Harvard Business School Professor Stuart Gilson has affiliated himself with Cornerstone Research, a US-based economic consultancy. Gilson has been with Harvard for more than twenty years, and is regarded a leading expert in the area of financial advisory.

With more than 500 employees across seven offices in the United States*, and one in the UK (London), Cornerstone Research is one of the larger consulting firms specialised in economic and financial advisory. Its service portfolio includes offerings such as antitrust & competition, bankruptcy, corporate finance, intellectual property and forensics & litigation.

Stuart Gilson and Michael Burton

On top of its roughly 500-man strong employee base, Cornerstone Research works with 100+ highly-regarded ‘experts’, professionals with a deep understanding and track record within a field of expertise. The team of experts consists mainly of industry practitioners, researchers and faculty members. Earlier this month, the business advisory unveiled that Stuart Gilson, a Professor at Harvard Business School, has chosen to boost the expert team and affiliate with the firm. Gilson is an expert on business valuation, corporate financial analysis, financial strategy, credit analysis, and corporate restructuring. 

For the last twenty years he has taught in Harvard’s MBA curriculum, and the university’s Executive Education program. Gilson has in addition written more than sixty Harvard Business School case studies and teaching notes that are used in business schools throughout the world. A number of these cases have been published in his book ‘Creating Value Through Corporate Restructuring’. Besides his academic career, Gilson has served as a consultant for a variety of companies and organisations. Over the years Gilson’s work has received a number of honours, including the CFA Institute’s prestigious Graham and Dodd Award.

Cornerstone Research

“Stuart is a sought-after authority on corporate litigation, with a particular expertise in firms that are facing bankruptcy or financial distress,” says Michael Burton**, President and CEO of Cornerstone Research. “His inclusion in our network of experts is a major asset to many of our clients.”

* Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Menlo Park, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.

** Michael Burton joined Cornerstone Research in 2000 to help build the firm’s Washington office. In July last year he was appointed CEO, succeeding Cynthia Zollinger, who held Cornerstone Research’s highest leadership position since early 2007.


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.