Mercer promotes Laura McKim to UK Career Business Leader

21 March 2018

Mercer has promoted Laura McKim to the role of UK Career Business Leader. As the professional services firm, which specialises in human resources work, prepares to help clients adapt to post-Brexit HR conundrums, McKim will work to oversee the digitalisation of Mercer’s career services, and provide a more agile, responsive offering in the sector.

Laura McKim brings more than 16 years of experience to her new role at Mercer as UK Career Business Leader. She has occupied the position of UK Career Leader on an interim basis for the past year, and will vacate her most recent role at the firm in order to formally occupy the new position, having become Talent Strategy UK practice leader since 2017.

McKim first arrived at Mercer in 2001, initially as an Analyst before being promoted to Consultant in 2005. Her work at the time was largely focused on design and implementation of flexible benefit schemes and client portfolio management. In 2011, she became a Principal at the firm, focused on client acquisition among other service domains. In 2015 she was made the UK Talent Operations Lead, which saw her merge four legacy businesses and complete an acquisition to form the firm’s UK Talent business. McKim also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Warwick, and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Southbank University.

Laura McKim, UK Career Business Leader, Mercer

In her new role, which sees her join the firm’s leadership team in the UK, as well as overseeing the digitalisation of the firm’s talent functions, McKim is tasked with leading the firm’s Career business, supporting clients that are competing to fulfil their talent requirements in an increasingly tight marketplace. With growing demand and a shrinking talent pool, many businesses face an uncertain future when it comes to attracting skilled workers, particularly as the Brexit deadline approaches in 2019.

Fiona Dunsire, Mercer UK CEO, commented, “Following an extensive selection process I am very pleased that Laura will become our UK Career Business Leader. Laura has already demonstrated her strategic vision for the business, as well as her operational and people leadership capabilities. Mercer prides itself on nurturing its people and it is very rewarding to appoint someone who has been with the firm since the start of her career.”

McKim remarked on her appointment, “It is an exciting time for the Career business as we are uniquely positioned to partner with our clients as they design and execute people strategies and technology solutions which drive strategic change in response to digital disruption. I look forward to continuing to grow our offering and working with my dynamic and talented colleagues in our Career team.”


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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.