EC Harris boosts automotive presence with Paul Adams

16 April 2015

Built asset and design consulting firm EC Harris, part of Arcadis, has increased its presence in the automotive sector with the appointment of automotive professional Paul Adams as Partner - UK Sector Leader Automotive and Aerospace. Adams will be based at the London office.

Paul Adams joins EC Harris from consulting firm Monaghans, where he worked for almost four years as Regional Director, managing teams that delivered both global and European programmes in the automotive sector. In addition, he was responsible for marketing and business development, financial management, research and innovation, client care and bid management. Prior to this, he fulfilled the roles of European Director at Turner & Townsend, for five and a half year, and of Project Director at Tec Design, for almost three years. Adams also acted as Dealer Facilities Manager at Fiat Auto UK and as Manager Facilities Development at Renault UK. He started his career at Total UK, where he worked for almost ten years as Safety and Environmental Engineer.

Paul Adams, EC Harris

The appointment of Adams in line with EC Harris’ ambitions within the automotive sector and desire to provide best-in-class service to clients across the industry as Adams brings extensive experience in the automotive sector to his new role as Partner - UK Sector Leader Automotive and Aerospace.

Commenting on his appointment, Adams says: “EC Harris’ current position within the automotive sphere is an impressive one and I am very much looking forward to contributing to what is a highly ambitious and dynamic team. The client list and projects the organisation has been involved in speak for themselves and I am looking forward to a long and fruitful career at EC Harris.”


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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.