Alvarez boosts London practice with Simon Evetts

13 May 2015

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has grown its retail digital transformation and multi-channel capabilities with the appointment of Simon Evetts. Evetts joins from IBM and will be based in the firm’s London office.

Simon Evetts joins A&M with almost 20 years of experience in digital and multi-channel retailing opportunities and challenges, most recently gained at IBM global Business Services, where he worked for more than four years. As Partner and European Commerce Lead, he led the development of market offerings, capability build and key client engagements around ‘Smarter Commerce’. Prior to this, he worked for specialist retail consulting firm Javelin Group for almost ten years. During this time, he built Javelin’s Multi-Channel Systems Integration Practice and Multi-Channel Consulting Practice before becoming the firm’s Chief Technology Officer. Evetts also fulfilled the role of Product Director at Retail Business Solutions and of Customer Intelligence & Direct Marketing Analyst at Abbey National, the latter of which he joined through the graduate management training scheme.

Evetts holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia.

Simon Evetts, Alvarez & Marsal

The appointment of Everett as Managing Director of the European Corporate Solutions Practice enhances A&M’s expertise in the multi-channel, customer focused transformation of operations and technologies and underlines the firm’s expanding operational expertise within the digital and multi-channel retailing space. “Simon is one of the true pioneers and thought leaders in digital transformation. The strength of his experience aligns with A&M’s heritage of operational excellence. As multi-channel becomes increasingly important to all businesses, not just retailers, Simon’s expertise will help our clients to maximise cross-channel performance and enhance and grow their operations,” explains Lawrence Hutter, CEO of Alvarez & Marsal European Corporate Solutions.

Commenting on his appointment, Evetts says: “The quality of the A&M team and the firm’s legacy of operational excellence allow us to deliver unique multi-channel solutions that address clients’ urgent and complex needs. I’m delighted to join such a highly respected organisation that applies insights to a host of issues ranging from multi-channel ordering, marketing and fulfilment solutions to cross-channel stock management and customer service.”

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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.