Pauline Biddle promoted to Managing Partner of Deloitte Regional Markets

07 June 2018

Deloitte has promoted Pauline Biddle, a veteran at the firm, to the role of Managing Partner for the Deloitte Regional Markets. She will support the firm’s 18 local offices to continue to grow, as well as deliver client services across the seven regions in which they operate.

The future of the UK is undeniably complex, with an uncertain future set to impact differently for each of the nation’s regions. In particular, businesses across Britain have been left second guessing themselves over the impact Brexit will have on the operations on an international and national level – as well as on a regional basis. While office construction has already fallen in London by some 9%, and the financial centre of the city is said to be weighing up relocating to the continent, local economies further from the capital city are likely to be even harder hit by the UK’s divorce from the EU, particularly those which depend most heavily on manufacturing.

Pauline Biddle, Managing Partner - Deloitte

Pauline Biddle has been with Deloitte since 2002, following the firm’s merger with Andersen – where she started out in 1992. She was quickly made Partner at the firm, in 2005. Her career at Deloitte has seen her work across its business and service lines: audit, consulting and corporate finance. She also took on a number of different leadership position for divisions, such as firm’s national UK Aerospace and Defence Industry Group. More recently she took on the role Practice Senior Partner for the Midlands, while she continues to be a Financial Advisory Transaction Services Partner and a member of the North West Europe board.

The new appointment sees Biddle become the new Managing Partner for the Deloitte Regional Markets – a role that sees her take the lead across the firm’s more than 6,000 people in its seven regional practices and 18 local offices. The role will see her bring her extensive leadership experience to bear on supporting the fast growing practices across the country’s regions, focusing on supporting the firm’s clients improve productivity, growth and regional economic prosperity. She takes over from Richard Bell, who is now the Head of Financial Advisory.

Commenting on her promotion, Biddle said, “To make an impact that really matters in our UK regions, investing in our people is my foremost priority. Our regional businesses are growing and our head count is up nearly six per cent with more than 1,450 people recruited in the last year. Our people seek a career experience that delivers personal growth, the ability to progress whilst balancing personal commitments and a clear connection between their role and the firm’s strategy.”

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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.