TORI Global expands with hire of Nigel Munden, Kit Jackson and Paul Jennings

29 January 2018

Over the past few months, the financial services focused TORI Global has hired three senior professionals to its leadership team. The consulting firm has appointed Nigel Munden, Kit Jackson and Paul Jennings, as it prepares to grow in 2018.

Founded in 2002, Tori Global was established by a group of three C-level executives, including incumbent CEO Martin Harvey, who had been working in Financial Services. The trio were frustrated by the way management consultancies operated; perceiving the sector are generally lacking knowledge, experience and transparency. TORI was created, in the words of Harvey, “to be a credible alternative to ‘the Big Four’ within Financial Services. To be a transformational consultancy that would do things differently.”

Since then, the firm has spread across the world, catering to the needs of clients in the US and Australia, as well as domestic customers from the company’s City of London headquarters, which it occupied as of 2016. The group have been undergoing a period of expansion for the past two years, and 2017 saw them take on a host of new talent.

Kit Jackson

In late 2017, TORI welcomed Kit Jackson – a global expert and thought leader in strategy mapping – to the consultancy’s team. Jackson has spent more than 25 years working to help leading organisations manage strategic change, while holding leadership positions in both management consulting and industry.

Nigel Munden, Kit Jackson and Paul Jennings

During her career, Jackson has previously fulfilled various senior roles, including being a Managing Director in International Financial Services for Berkeley Research Group. Jackson also worked closely with Robert Kaplan and David Norton – the co-creators of the Balanced Scorecard – where she played an instrumental role in evolving the scorecard from a performance measurement and management tool into a strategy management tool. In her spare time she leads strategy for a leadership initiative for women in science, Homeward Bound,  creating a global collaboration of 1,000 women over 10 years who are equipped to lead, influence and shape the future of our planet, set against the remarkable backdrop of an expedition to Antarctica.

Jackson, who is also an INSEAD graduate, and a coach in personal strategy, is presently putting her experience to work as Head of Strategy Execution and Organisation & Leadership Development at TORI. In her role, she works to guide the firm’s clients in the definition and execution of their corporate and divisional strategies.

Paul Jennings

Also joining in the Autumn, Head of Regulatory Compliance Paul Jennings has worked for the Financial Services Authority, two of the “Big Four” consultancy firms where he specialised in regulatory compliance. Jennings was a Senior Manager at EY, before joining KPMG UK in 2009, as a Senior Consultant. Following a year-long stint with the firm, Jennings joined Société Générale, where he held a number of senior positions. He specialises in regulatory change, governance, conduct risk, financial promotions, AML/financial crime and treating customers fairly.

In his position with TORI, Jennings puts his significant experience – in areas including leading auditing, implementation projects (including European Directives), reviewing audit and control functions – to work with a range of stakeholders including CEOs, Non-Executive Directors, Heads of Risk, Compliance and Audit and a range of regulators.

Nigel Munden

Head of Cyber Security, Nigel Munden, joined TORI at the beginning of the Summer, bringing over 30 years of experience to the role. Having spent time at global IT services giant IBM, Nortel, Juniper and most recently, Intel Security, where he held the position of Vice President Professional Services EMEA, managing 5 regions and a portfolio of Cyber Security – the area of advisory he now specialises in.

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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.