Transport for London appoints Helen Murphy Director of Consulting

29 May 2018

Transport for London (TfL) has announced the impending appointment of a new Director of Consulting. Helen Murphy will arrive at the organisation in June, having spent the past 12 years with international consultancy WSP.

The transport and infrastructure of London has come under intense scrutiny over the past few weeks. While the UK capital was recently identified as one of the world’s most mobility-friendly cities in a study by Arthur D. Little, with urban mobility options found to be well above average, a second poll orchestrated by climate pressure group Greenpeace which also took into account safety and air-quality found the city to be among the worst.

London is in the midst of a transportation overhaul under the incumbent Mayor Sadiq Khan, however. The roll-out of further plans to boost its public transport share to the 40% mark, along with cycling from 2% to 6%, and a number of large number of “peer-to-peer” car-sharing “platforms” are all aimed at transforming the city’s reputation.

Helen Murphy, Director of Consulting - Transport for London

As part of the Mayor’s strategy of “pursuing opportunities to generate revenues to reinvest in the transport network”, the TfL has confirmed the hire of expert Helen Murphy to head up its consulting wing. In her new role, Murphy will also lead efforts to export TfL’s expertise from its ticketing systems and innovative services to the international transport market. Early estimates of this tactic suggest that the TfL could bring in revenues in the tens of millions.

Murphy will leave her long-time employer WSP to take up the position. The Canadian business provides management and consultancy services to the built and natural environment, and she has most recently been working for them as an Operations Director, having first joined in 2006.

In the 12 years since, Murphy has also spent time as a Technical Director in Sustainable Transport, during which she was responsible for the identification of opportunities, co-ordination of skills and delivery of sustainable transport projects in the UK. Her time with WSP has almost been uninterrupted, besides a short period with Clearway Consulting in Abu Dhabi, where she provided strategic transport and organisational change advice to federal and local government in Jordan, Kuwait, UAE and KSA.

Related: Transport for London renews contract with Cushman & Wakefield.


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.