PwC appoints four new Partners and six Directors in Reading

02 August 2018

Big Four firm PwC has bolstered its Reading practice with the addition of four new partners alongside six director promotions. The announcement comes as part of a raft of 54 new Partner appointments across the UK.

PwC's presence in the centre of Reading makes the firm the largest professional services organisation in the Thames Valley area, with an office easily reachable for commuting clients and staff alike. In the area, PwC works with a diverse range of clients from across telecommunications, energy, utilities and biotechnology industries, many of which are well-known and range from local, national and global brands.

As PwC bids to boost its expertise in the region and meet changing customer demands, as well as reward top performers, the firm has announced an extensive roster of promotions. This has seen 11 senior manager and 19 manager promotions in the Reading office – where the firm is also currently recruiting for graduates and A-Level school-leavers to join the practice – along with six Director elevations and four Partner promotions.

Kate Harris is a Chartered Accountant by background, and is a qualified Global Reward Practitioner who has been advising companies on reward issues for the past 17 years. As Partner, she will lead PwC’s Reward & Employment practice in the South East, having joined the firm in 1993. Leo Ring is a former People Leader & Senior Manager with KPMG UK, joining its Big Four rival PwC in 2015. He now becomes a Partner in PwC’s Tax wing.

PwC appoints four new Partners and six Directors in Reading

Stephanie Edenborough is experienced in providing Risk Assurance, having specialised in IT Internal Audit throughout her career. As Partner in the Assurance division of PwC Reading, she will continue to lead a number of Internal Audit co-source and outsource engagements across the South East, as well as the Technology Risk team of PwC in the South East. Also promoted to Partner in Assurance is Anish Patel. Patel has spent 17 years with PwC, including a two year secondment in Mumbai, as the COO, of the PW India Assurance Practice, with a key focus on business transformation including implementing a Quality Management System. Patel returned to the UK in 2015, to become a Director, three years before his latest ascendancy in the organisation.

Six Directors have meanwhile been appointed to the Reading practice as well. These include Charlotte Anderson, Chris Cook and Alex Upton in Assurance, as well as Carrie Hale, Kathie Saunders and Sarah Mullen in Tax.

Commenting on the promotions, John Ellis, Office Senior Partner, said, "These promotions reflect our investment in our people and our commitment to invest in the Thames Valley region and grow our business in the regions. We believe that its vital to continue investment in our people so we have the right level of expertise and experience in place to deliver value to our clients.”

The promotions in Reading came as part of a nationwide wave of appointments, as across the UK, PwC announced 54 new Equity Partner appointments. This represents an increase of 23 on last year’s figures, and Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC UK, said that 30% of the new partners are based outside of London, reflecting PwC's commitment to all the UK’s regions.

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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.