WYG appoints Anne Clements as first Planning Director

13 June 2018 Consultancy.uk

Anne Clements has been selected to fill the newly created role of Planning Director at global professional services firm WYG. Clements has spent over 30 years in the urban regeneration sector, and joins having worked on high profile projects such as the Wembley Park regeneration.

International professional services firm WYG operates from more than 50 locations across the UK, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The firm helps its clients create value, protect value, and manage risk, serving them through six business streams; International Development, Infrastructure & Built Environment, Programme & Project Management, Surveying & Asset Management, Environmental, Planning and Transport.

In response to the changing demands of an expanding client portfolio, WYG has created a new role of Planning Director to further bolster this important service line at the firm. Anne Clements, a regeneration specialist with over three decades of industrial experience, has been chosen as the first professional to take up the position.

Anne Clements, Planning Director - WYG

Clements arrives at WYG from her most recent role with Countryside Properties, a UK house building and urban regeneration company, primarily operating in London and the South East of England. During her term at the firm, Clements worked in the Corporate Team reporting to the Finance Director. Speaking on her time at the firm, Clements commented, “It was a great opportunity but my first love is the operational side and I am pleased to have had the chance to return to the ‘front line’ with WYG”.

Prior to her spell with Countryside Properties, Clements worked as a Planning Director at Quintain, a British-based property investment and development business, which operates through Urban Regeneration, focussed on schemes in Wembley Park and Asset Management. During her stay with the London-based firm, Clements worked on the £3 billion Wembley Park regeneration from 2003 to 2016, where she was responsible for managing design and technical teams (including transport), while negotiating with major stakeholders including the Football Association, the Greater London Assembly, Transport for London and LB Brent, and delivering the planning permissions to support the regeneration around the hallowed Wembley Stadium turf.

Clements’ period with Quintain was preceded by a stint with global professional services Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL), where she worked in the Fund Management team before moving to the first iteration of the Corporate Finance team (JLW Finance). Now, as Planning Director at WYG, Anne Clements will work to use her more than 30 years of industry experience to help the firm deliver services for high density, residential-led, mixed use development projects.

Remarking on her new challenge, Clements said, "I am thrilled to be joining WYG, one of the leading planning consultancies in the UK. I have spent many years working alongside their accomplished team on a selection of projects. I am looking forward to being part of that team, delivering impressive results for their diverse portfolio of clients and helping to further expand the existing client base."

Paula Carney, Head of Planning for WYG in London, said, “Anne has a proven track record as a highly skilled regeneration specialist, broad knowledge of the development business and critical understanding of viability and delivery… building external relationships, to expertly handling negotiations or managing complex projects involving numerous stakeholders, we feel confident that thanks to her impressive industry experience she will hit the ground running.”

Related: Former BBC Director Simon Marr leads Risk & Security consultancy wing of WYG.

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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.