Grant Thornton UK boosts Healthcare Advisory team

13 April 2015

Grant Thornton has strengthened its UK private Healthcare Advisory team with the appointment of Paula Holdsworth, former General Manager of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as Associate Director. The appointment bolsters its health offering to the public sector. 

Paula Holdsworth joins Grant Thornton from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where she acted as General Manager for Specialist Services since 2010 and as Head of Clinical Quality between 2009 and 2010. Prior to this, she acted as Director of Operations for a specialist private healthcare company. Holdsworth is a dual qualified nurse.

The appointment of Holdsworth as Associate Director in its Healthcare Advisory team is in line with Grant Thornton’s strategy to expand its expertise in the private healthcare sector, says the firm in a press release, as well as reinforce the breadth and depth of its offering.

Grant Thornton boosts Healthcare Advisory team

Holdsworth brings knowledge of both public and private sector healthcare services to her new role and has a proven track record of developing new services and transforming existing practices. “I'm delighted that Paula has joined our team.  She brings specific expertise of the healthcare sector which perfectly complements our established private sector team. Her in-depth knowledge of operational delivery and advising on issues of quality, governance and transformation will be invaluable with regard to the breadth of services we deliver,” says Daniel Smith, Partner at Grant Thornton UK.

Commenting on her appointment, Holdsworth says: “The challenges facing the UK's healthcare sector – both private and public – have never been greater.  Having a combination of NHS and private sector experience, at a senior level, I am looking forward to helping guide clients through this ever-changing landscape by assessing their quality and governance structures to improve operational and financial efficiency – whilst keeping service users interests at the heart of any decision-making.”


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.