RSM appoints Gregor Schmidt new European Regional Leader

18 July 2018 Consultancy.uk

Global professional services firm RSM has appointed a new European Legional Leader in the lead up to Brexit. Former Deloitte employee Gregor Schmidt takes up his new role from RSM’s London office, and will look to guide the firm and its clients through an uncertain period, as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU culminates.

RSM is the world’s sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms. In 2017, the professional services group reported revenues of £319 million in the UK, growing by 9% despite a period of sustained uncertainty in the country. Indeed, the firm is enjoying a healthy period of expansion in part thanks to this uncertainty, as the unknown quantity that is Brexit pushes potential clients to seek external expertise, as they look to navigate a potentially turbulent future.

While this is true of UK businesses, it also applies to those on the continent, with a number of firms being reliant on trade with the UK wondering what the coming years hold in store for their supply chains, among other issues. RSM also grew revenues by 6% in Europe, and expanded into Bulgaria along with completing merger and acquisition activity in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland and the UK. As RSM prepares to better support its European clients through a potentially turbulent period, and realise the potential of its larger network across the region, the firm has appointed Gregor Schmidt as its new European Regional Leader.

RSM appoints Gregor Schmidt new European Regional Leader

As Regional Leader, Gregor Schmidt will drive RSM’s long-term global strategy within the region, focusing on developing member firm growth and increasing our cross-border client services. Working closely with the leadership of RSM’s members in Europe, he will also support firms to implement business development, marketing and client service strategies focused on strengthening the brand. The role will see Schmidt take on a jurisdiction of 41 countries, as he works alongside RSM’s European Leadership Team and European Regional Council, and will mean he will relocate to London from the RSM’s office in Düsseldorf, where he was most recently Chief Officer of Strategy, Markets and Communications, a role he has held since 2016.

That position saw him play a key role in the merger of RSM’s German firms, and the creation of RSM GmbH; a single-practising entity, and strong and stable platform for future consolidation and growth. Schmidt joined RSM’s German member firm as Chief Operating Officer in 2012, having previously spent almost four years with Big Four firm Deloitte, where he was latterly a Senior Manager in Business Development.

RSM International CEO Jean Stephens, who Schmidt will report directly to, commented, “Gregor has been with RSM for many years now and has demonstrated his strong leadership and professional experience… We welcome Gregor to the RSM International team and I look forward to seeing our European region grow even stronger in the years to come.”

Schmidt himself added, “Europe is in an exciting period of change. Brexit will of course disrupt business, but on top of this, there are new complex European regulations on data, a renewed scrutiny of international taxation and the international trade landscape is being transformed. More than ever, European businesses are looking to their advisers to both understand their needs and aspirations and to anticipate and respond to these challenges. I look forward to driving growth for our clients and for RSM during this era.”

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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.