John Paton and Penny Judd appointed to the Board of Alpha FMC

06 April 2018

Asset management consulting firm Alpha Financial Markets Consulting (Alpha FMC), has appointed two new Board members: Penny Judd and John Paton. 

Penny Judd, who joined as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, brings over 30 years’ experience in Compliance, Regulation, Corporate Finance and Audit. She is a chartered accountant and is currently Non-Executive Chairman and a Director of Plus500, where she is also the Chair of the regulatory and risk committee and an Independent Non-Executive Director of TruFin.

Judd previously held the role of Managing Director and EMEA Head of Compliance at both Nomura International and UBS, and worked for Cazenove & Co, the London Stock Exchange, as well as accounting and consulting firm KPMG

Commenting on the appointment, Euan Fraser, Global CEO of Alpha FMC, said “Penny’s public markets and financial services experience will be a tremendous asset to the Board and I look forward to working with her.” Judd added, “It will be a privilege to sit on the Board of Alpha FMC. Together with the other Board members, I am sure that we will be able to oversee further growth at this ambitious company.”

John Paton, Penny Judd and Euan Fraser - Alpha

John Paton has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. He is a chartered accountant with 23 years of corporate finance, banking and audit experience, as well as a law degree. His appointment follows the decision of Maria Stricker to step down from the Board to focus on working with private companies.

Paton joins from HSBC where, during his 11-year tenure, he has worked in both HSBC’s Global Banking & Markets and Commercial Banking divisions in London. He was a Director in the UK Mid-Market Advisory team (2007-12), Corporate Origination team (2012-16) and latterly, the UK Banking team (2016-present). Prior to this he spent more than five years at MacArthur & Company and nearly seven years at KPMG in financial services audit and risk management roles. 

Fraser: “I am very pleased that John is joining us as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. He possesses a wealth of experience and talent and I look forward to working closely with him.” 

The new CFO stated, “I have been thoroughly impressed by the team, their track record and Alpha FMC’s compelling growth strategy. Through the recruitment process I got a strong sense of Alpha FMC’s vibrant culture and the team’s dedication; I am very much looking forward to starting and contributing to its further success.”

Related: Alpha Financial Markets Consulting goes public to ramp up growth.


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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.