Mott MacDonald appoints Cathy Travers as Managing Director

02 February 2018

Mott MacDonald has promoted company veteran Cathy Travers to the role of Managing Director for the firm’s UK and Europe built environment business. Travers will leverage her almost three decades of experience with Mott MacDonald to succeed fellow company stalwart David Webster, who retires following more than 40 years at the firm.

A shift towards a more functional built environment, whether in terms of well-being features or sustainable buildings and transportation options, has picked up pace over the past decade. Behind many of the designs, are consultancy firms, and as a result of increasing demand, many members of the consulting industry are now strengthening their built environment offerings.

Mott MacDonald, which offers architecture and design, civil, structural and building services engineering, commercial and retail, for built environment projects across the UK, is one such firm hoping to strengthen its arm in the sector. Most recently this has seen Cathy Travers promoted to head up the firm’s built environment efforts in Britain and Europe.

Cathy Travers, Managing Director for Built Environment

Travers has been with the Mott MacDonald since 1990, when it acquired Husband and Company, the firm where she had worked as a chartered engineer. Since the acquisition, Travers has taken on roles of increasing seniority within the consultancy, most recently as Director for Mott MacDonald’s UK and Europe regional business.

Throughout her 27 year career at the firm, Travers has worked in both technical and operational and business development roles, including the establishment of the firm’s built environment team in Canada and the development of the firm’s young professions. She also holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

Travers takes on the role of Managing Director of the firm’s UK and Europe built environment business, succeeding David Webster who retires from the firm after 42 years of service.

Commenting on the appointment, Mike Haigh, Mott MacDonald’s Managing Director, said, “I’m delighted that Cathy will be leading our built environment business, she has all the skills needed to do an excellent job. She has spent nearly her whole career with us, successfully leading many teams and projects, so the knowledge and experience she will bring to this role will be invaluable.”


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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.