EY appoints Andy Ng as Information Protection Leader

06 April 2018 Consultancy.uk

EY has further bolstered its cybersecurity capabilities with the addition of data loss and information management expert Andy Ng. He joins the firm as Information Protection Leader, responsible for, among others, supporting firms with best practice in data loss prevention, the incoming GDPR, and strategic alliances.

The cybersecurity space has been seeing increased demand, as threat actors mature, more companies switch to digital platforms, and regulations come into effect. As it stands, cybercrime is an increasingly expensive arena, with estimated costs of up to $1.5 trillion last year. The threats are multifaceted, from staff to sophisticated infiltrations. The kinds of actors too are broad, from small time crime to state level, while the targets are anything from business secrets and disruption, to state secrets and key infrastructure destabilisation.

In a bid to help companies improve their defences and meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, consultancy firms offer a broad array of cybersecurity advisory services, often with specialised practices. One of the Big Four, EY, recently announced that it has broadened its offering with the addition of internet security expert Andy Ng.

Ng joins from Deloitte, where he worked for a little over four and a half years, most recently as a Director in the firm’s Cyber Risk Services, leading the firm’s information protection and alliances capabilities across EMEA. He previously worked for almost 12 years at internet security provider Symantec, latterly as Enterprise Security Sales Specialist, and earlier in roles such as Data Loss Prevention Specialist for the EMEA and Data Loss Prevention Consulting manager across EMEA. Earlier in his career, he fulfilled various roles across the globe for Workshare, including Senior Sales Engineer & Technical Account Manager, Americas; and Technical Account Manager & Solutions Engineer, Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he worked at Marks and Spencer HQ as an IT Consultant, Global, and at NST Travel & Trading as an Account Manager.

He holds a Bachelors in Music & Chinese from Lancaster University and a Master of Science in Music Technology from the University of York.

Andy Ng, Information Protection Leader - EY

Ng joins EY’s Advisory Services Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) practice as its Information Protection Leader. The appointment sees Ng bring more than 15 years’ experience to the new role, which sees him responsible for challenges arising in the information asset landscape, particularly in areas such as data loss prevention (DLP), the General Data Protection Regulation (which comes into force at the end of May) and strategic alliances.

Mike Maddison, EY Advisory EMEIA Cybersecurity Leader, said, “I am delighted to welcome Andy to our cybersecurity and data protection team. His appointment is a reflection of the investment and focus we place on cybersecurity. Andy will work closely with the global Advisory Cybersecurity colleagues as we grow our EMEIA capabilities, particularly in information protection and governance, managed services and strategic alliances.”

Commenting on the challenge ahead, Ng added, “In these testing times, we must provide leadership and proven experience to help EY clients navigate the risks that are happening at an accelerated speed. This will mean continuing to provide the best possible insights to EY clients, both from within and outside of our organisation.”

EY is the second of the Big Four to have bolstered its cyber defence offerings in 2018. The news follows Deloitte’s appointment of Europol leader Rob Wainwright as the firm’s new Senior Cyber Partner.


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.