Transport expert Alan Bain joins Mott MacDonald in West Midlands

29 March 2018

Mott MacDonald has picked up Alan Bain, a transport sector expert who was most recently a Business Director at Systra. Bain’s responsibilities at the firm include client account leadership for its transport practice in the West Midlands.

While the transport and logistics industry is valued at more than €2.7 trillion globally, and has seen consistent revenue growth in recent years. However, many companies’ profitability growth has been lacklustre. As the private sector struggles to get the most out of the transport industry’s potential, considerable pressure has been placed on public authorities to boost infrastructure in order to support the needs of business.

In turn, this has seen a boom in demand for consulting industry expertise from clients in the public sector. This has led to firms having to expand their talent pools to accommodate a growing portfolio, which has seen the likes of engineering and construction consultancies Steer Davies GleaveRamboll, and Mott MacDonald being selected for a plethora of projects.

While Steer Davies Gleave and Ramboll were tapped to consult on an overhaul of Southampton’s public transport system, Mott MacDonald has been hired for a broad range of international projects. These included advisory work for the building of a bridge in Hong Kong, a contract alongside fellow consultancy Arup to oversee the construction of a new Metro system in Sydney, and in the UK, a collaboration with Sweco to upgrade the M3 and M27 junctions.

Alan Bain, Project Director

Now, as the firm looks to expand its team to cater to further growth in demand, as the UK prepares a number of key transport infrastructure projects – from the building of high-speed railway HS2 to the electrification of high-ways in preparation for life after combustion engines – Mott MacDonald has hired transport expert Alan Bain from rival firm Systra. Bain brings more than 25 years of experience to the firm, covering a broad array of high-level projects.

During his tenure at Systra, Alan Bain worked as a Business Director, managing the firm’s Midlands Region for a year. He was previously a Director at JMP Consulting, prior to its acquisition by Systra in 2017. He spent more than seven years at the firm, most recently leading one of the firm’s Business Units. Earlier in his career, he worked at SIAS for nine years, most recently as an Associate; at Scott Wilson as a Transport Planner for two years; and as a Graduate Transport Planner at Atkins for four years, beginning in 1996.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Economic History and a Master of Science in Transportation Planning and Policy, both from Newcastle University. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in Sports Development from the University of Gloucestershire and a Postgraduate Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Westminster.

Bain’s new role at the firm is that of Project Director, in its integrated transport team in Birmingham. He takes on the role of client account leader for the firm’s transport practice in the West Midlands, as well as wider support for consultancy to the segment in the city and regions.

Commenting on Alan’s appointment, Mott MacDonald’s global practice leader for transport planning Alan Holcroft said, “Alan is someone we have known for many years who is extremely well connected across the UK and in particular the Midlands. He is a fantastic addition to our team and the perfect person to drive the expansion of our transport planning business from our growing Birmingham office.”

Related: Mott MacDonald appoints Cathy Travers as Managing Director


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.