Engineering consultancy Arup appoints new head of Leeds office

07 August 2018

Engineering and design consultancy Arup has appointed a new head of its Leeds office. Tom Bridges, a former Executive of the Leeds City Council, will now work to strengthen and add to Arup’s growing client base in the region.

As businesses and local authorities look to retool their infrastructure to meet the changing needs of modern society, the consulting industry is being heavily tapped by planners to help with these transformations. In recent months, this has seen engineering and design consultancy Arup take on a diverse collection of projects across the UK, including tidal energy pilots in Wales, the redesign of Euston Station in London, and a multimillion regeneration programme for Westminster Council.

Further north, the same is true of the Leeds City Region, which will see plans for rapid jobs and housing growth come to fruition in the next few years, along with the realisation of pioneering transport schemes such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. The region is also seeing significant investment in sectors including culture, energy, education, healthcare, rail, residential, roads, public realm and green spaces, water infrastructure and digital infrastructure, while efforts are also being made to strengthen the city’s resilience to the effects of climate change.

Engineering consultancy Arup appoints new head of Leeds office

Now, as Arup looks to bolster its operations in anticipation of a glut of work in Leeds, the firm has appointed a new head of its office there. Tom Bridges, a chartered town planner with more than 22 years' experience in economic development, town planning, urban and regional policy, transport, regeneration and city operations, has taken the top job in the locale, having only arrived at the firm in January 2018. Prior to his role with Arup, Bridges was Chief Officer Economy and Regeneration for the Leeds City Council, a position he held for five years. His exit from the Council sees Bridges return to Arup, the firm he left in 2012 to take that role, having previously worked with the consultancy for some 13 years – latterly becoming a Senior Director.

As Leeds Office Leader and Director Cities Advisory in the 300-strong Leeds presence, Bridges will focus on strengthening existing and developing new collaborative relationships with clients, while looking to develop projects which support the economic growth of Leeds and the surrounding region. Bridges succeeds Jim Johnson, a Director at Arup, who moves on to lead on the firm's digital agenda in the UK, India, Middle East and Africa region.

Commenting on rejoining Arup, Bridges said, "Arup has a proud history in Leeds for almost 30 years. We have helped design and make the case for some of the most significant infrastructure projects, buildings and regeneration schemes, both in the city and wider region. Our vision is for Arup to continue to be at the heart of this region's growth, so I am looking forward to working closely with great clients to help them realise this exciting future."


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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.