KPMG appoints Linda Ellett as UK Head of Consumer Markets

30 May 2018 Consultancy.uk

KPMG has appointed a new UK Head for its Consumer Markets offering. Linda Ellet will lead the firm’s consumer wing forward in what is a challenging time for clients on the UK highstreet.

Political and economic uncertainties continue to grip, with government infighting in the UK regarding Brexit leaving businesses and consumers increasingly frustrated, as they are unable to plan for an uncertain future. This has seen numerous surveys suggest that consumer confidence is likely to have an impact on luxury and leisure spending in the near future, as households tighten their belts in turbulent times.

Despite the number of reports having maintained that UK consumers would still be ‘bullish’ or being committed to ‘experience spending’ well into 2018, however, this was undoubtedly one of the key factors in Britain’s economic slow-down to a virtual standstill in the first three months of 2018. The 0.1% GDP growth reported by the Office for National Statistics was the weakest period of activity since 2012 – the last time it entered negative growth.

Linda Ellett, Head of Consumer Markets - KPMG

As consumer businesses grapple with the faltering demand from the public, compounded by stagnant productivity and low wage growth, as well as the impact of rapid-technological change, Big Four professional services firm KPMG has announced its new leader to help address such issues. Linda Ellet, co-founder of KPMG’s C-Suite Leadership Programme, has spent the last five years working with top executives across various sectors to reimagine the future of business – and of society – and how they should position their business to succeed.

Ellet has been with the firm since 2000, and in her latest role as a Pensions and Investment Advisory Partner at KPMG, she will focus on the consumer, retail and leisure sectors. While she will also continue to work in the pensions practice, this will see her role expand to place her as the leader of the firm’s consumer markets across all offerings.

Commenting on Linda Ellett’s appointment, Dan Thomas, Head of Corporates at KPMG UK, said, “From her time as a Pensions Partner, Linda brings to the role significant expertise of, and passion for, working with consumer-focused businesses. Linda has also established and led our client executive programme which coaches the FTSE CEO’s of tomorrow to think strategically about the impact of disruption and change. I am thrilled to appoint Linda as the Consumer Sector’s new lead.”

Linda Ellett, incoming UK Head of Consumer Markets, added, “This is an exciting time for consumer-focused businesses, with ever-changing consumer expectations, a continued squeeze on margins, and of course the myriad of opportunities presented by disruptive start-ups and technology. Connecting our clients across this eco-system, as well as across sectors and geographies, creates resilience, agility and competitive strength.”

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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.