Ascertus hires three new professionals to support business growth

16 July 2018 Consultancy.uk

Professional services firm Ascertus has committed itself to a hiring spree in recent months, as it looks to meet strategic business growth objectives. Zak Ali joins the firm as Project Manager, Warren Matthews as Solutions Architect and Maggie Lai as Business Development Executive.

As the financial services ecosystem in London prepares for another year of digitalisation, in order to gear up for an uncertain post-Brexit economy after 2019, consultancies are looking to bolster their offerings, amid an expected boom in demand. Earlier in the year, this saw Ascertus, a professional services firm based in Central London, expand its team of consultants with the hiring of Ashley Allen as a technical consultant.

Ascertus provides document and information lifecycle management solutions to law firms and corporate legal departments in the UK and across Europe. Hot on the heels of its most recent recruitment, the firm has hired another three professionals to its team, as it looks to meet heightened demand and ensure that its growing customer base is well supported.

Zak Ali has arrived at the firm as a Project Manager, bringing with him 16 years of IT and strategy project management. As part of the project management team he will be responsible for ensuring that projects for customers in his portfolio are delivered on-time, on-budget and smoothly, and Ali will specifically be undertaking consultancy, project management, business analysis and business processes.

Ascertus hires three new professionals to support business growth

Before taking his latest role, Ali was most recently employed as a Senior Consultant and Project Management Specialist with Yerra Solutions, where he spent four years. Prior to this, Ali worked as Assistant Director in Global ITO (Legal) for Credit Agricole, arriving in 2010 following a brief spell as an IT Project Manager for infrastructure group Balfour Beatty. He commenced his career with a six year stint with Magic Circle law firm Linklaters, where he was engaged in Information Systems & Strategy work.

Warren Matthews has also joined Ascertus with a solid background in the document management space, and will work as a Solutions Architect. This will see Matthews involved in projects that require iManage Work integration with practice management and a variety of other legal business systems, alongside the undertaking of bespoke software development, where required, to meet specific customer needs. 

Most recently, Matthews was an Analyst Programmer at Bird & Bird, the third of three seven-year spells in his career. He previously spent the same amount of time working at One Degree Consulting and Ilcon. Over his 21 years in the industry, he has worked on a number of big scale projects for corporate legal departments in financial institutions and banks, and telecommunications companies. 

Maggie Lai is the final member of the trio arriving at Ascertus. She will work as a Business Development Executive, supporting the lead generation activity in the company. In this capacity, she will engage with prospective clients to understand their business requirements and advise them on solutions that they can explore to meet their needs. Prior to this role, Lai held a similar position at Nikec Solutions, following another at the Priory Group. Previously, Lai spent nine months as a Research Assistant with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and she holds a Master’s degree in Behavioural Economics, which she obtained at the University of Warwick. 

Roy Russell, CEO of Ascertus Limited, said of the incoming staff, “Zak, Warren and Maggie have the expertise we need, but also gel well in the overall organisation; they have the vital interpersonal skills alongside the technical expertise. This kind of cohesion is important for smooth and efficient delivery of service. Additionally, they have the necessary understanding of corporate legal departments in the finance industry, a sector where we are gaining good traction for our services.”

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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.