KPMG picks up Sarah Churton as Partner in Corporate International Tax practice

19 March 2018

KPMG has picked up international tax expert Sarah Churton from EY. She joins as a Partner in the firm’s Corporate International Tax practice, and brings more than 20 years’ experience to the firm, particularly in US-UK tax relations and the life-sciences business.

According to analysis by Statista, the revenue of tax consultancies in the UK will continue a steady rate of growth until 2019, having already been forecast to rise from £23,986 million in 2015 to £24,823 million by the end of 2017. In 2019, revenues are expected to hit a peak of £26,028 million. Big Four accounting and consulting firms Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC hold a large share of the UK's tax advisory market – something which has seen KPMG make multiple appointments to its Tax practice over the last 12 months.

Early last year, KPMG promoted tax advisory expert David Elliott to the role of Senior Partner at its Newcastle office, succeeding Mick Thompson who is retired from the role. Later on in 2017, the firm followed this up with the promotion of Claire Angell. One of KPMG’s rising stars, following a number of award wins, Angell took on the role of Head of Tax for Energy, tasked with supporting domestic and international businesses with navigating increasingly complex tax environments in the face of market transformations.

Sarah Churton - International Tax Partners at KPMG

Now, as the firm continues its effort to strengthen its leadership in its UK and international tax offerings, KPMG has appointed Sarah Churton as a Partner in its Corporate International Tax practice. Churton arrives at KPMG following a 20 year career with Big Four rivals EY.

Following the completion of her master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, Churton first joined EY in London as a Tax Consultant in 1998, rising to Assistant Tax Manager in 2002, with further promotion to International Tax Manager two years later. In 2009 she became an International Tax Director, before, in 2012, crossing the Atlantic for a New York-based role as Executive Director for the UK Tax Desk. She returned to London in 2015, as an Executive Director for International Tax, providing large international firms with a broad array of advisory related to tax matters.

Her move to KPMG sees Churton become a Partner in the firm’s Corporate International Tax practice. Her previous experience connecting issues between the US and UK companies adds to the firm’s capabilities, as does her extensive experience for cross-border tax issues for the life sciences sector.

Commenting on the appointment Melissa Geiger, Partner and Head of International Tax at KPMG in the UK, said, “The international tax environment is complex and increasingly inter-connected. Clients are looking for trusted advice to help them navigate the challenges of complying with changing rules and regulations, not least the recent changes to the US tax system. We are continuing to invest in our international tax practice, further enhancing our existing team of exceptional professionals advising and supporting our clients. Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience in both UK and international tax, specifically in the life sciences sector.”


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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.