CBRE hires Oliver Freer and Meghan Bracha to head new Planning team

06 February 2018

CBRE has strengthened its Leeds-based Planning team with two new hires. Oliver Freer, formerly of Savills, becomes a Director, while Megan Bracha, formerly of Knight Frank, joins CBRE as a Senior Planner.

Oliver Freer joins CBRE from Savills where he was most recently an Associate Town Planner. The appointment sees him join CBRE as a Director, a role in which he will need to leverage his experience to expand CBRE’s own new Planning team.

At Savills, Freer worked in the firm’s Leeds Planning team, which focused largely on large scale mixed-use and business space developments. He was also previously at management consultancy WYG group, which is also based in the Leeds area. Freer holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Plymouth and a Master of Arts in Regional Planning from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Megan Bracha joins CBRE firm as a Senior Planner, meanwhile. She previously worked at Knight Frank as a Senior Planner for almost two and a half years in its Sheffield operation, before which, Bracha worked for the Bassetlaw District Council as a Planning Officer in Development Control.

Earlier in her career she worked at Ashfield District Council for a little over three years, most recently as a Graduate Planning Officer and previously as a Student Planner. Bracha holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the Lancaster University and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Sheffield Hallam University.

CBRE hires Oliver Freer and Meghan Bracha to head new Planning team

Both additions join CBRE, which operates nineteen offices across the UK, in its Leeds office, where they will head up the firm’s new Planning team. The hires, and the creation of the new offering, come as a significant boost the firm’s UK Development team, which continues to support companies traverse the uncertainties thrown up by Brexit, among others.

Remarking on his new role, Oliver Freer, said, “The strength and breadth of CBRE services provides fantastic opportunities for growing the planning business, building on my experience of working on major regeneration projects in the City. I look forward to working closely with my Manchester colleagues to ensure we deliver a comprehensive and seamless service to clients across the North of England.”

Commenting on the appointment, Iain Jenkinson, Head of National Planning, added, "We are delighted to recruit Oliver and Megan to head up the new Planning team within the Leeds office. They will work alongside myself and the Planning and Development team in Manchester to ensure we deliver a full northern service offering to our growing client base."


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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.