Tim Cullimore joins RSM's Technology and Management Consulting arm

10 August 2018 Consultancy.uk

International consultancy RSM has recruited a new Partner to its Technology and Management Consulting operations. Tim Cullimore joins the firm from Big Four firm Deloitte, where he had spent the previous 17 years.

On the back of a series of strategic plays, RSM’s Technology and Management Consulting (TMC) team has been enjoying major growth in recent years. RSM’s recent acquisition of 81-strong Crewe-based NetSuite specialist FHL propelled RSM UK to become the largest provider of its kind in Europe, while RSM US has signed an agreement to acquire Explore Consulting, a leading regional US NetSuite Solution Provider, and back in Britain, RSM UK has moved to establish a permanent team presence in Manchester to broaden its geographical scope at the start of this year.

Now, the audit, tax and consulting firm has installed Tim Cullimore as a Partner to strengthen its national TMC service line, in a move which the firm says reflects its continued commitment to invest in its team to drive further growth. Cullimore will now lead RSM’s NetSuite alliance team – the largest provider of NetSuite services not just in the UK, but across Europe.

Tim Cullimore joins RSM's Technology and Management Consulting arm

In order to do so, he will draw on his extensive experience in delivering technology enabled business transformation programmes, which he cultivated during a 17-year stay at Deloitte. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Information Systems at the University of Central Lancashire, Cullimore joined the Big Four group in 2001, and went on to lead the firm’s national NetSuite & Emerging Technologies team, holding the position of Director before his exit to RSM in 2018. Cullimore will work closely with partner Roger Lovis who has overall responsibility for RSM’s ERP services.

Commenting on the news, Chris Knowles, Partner and national head of Technology & Management Consulting at RSM, said, “Tim’s appointment is the next significant step for us in our bid to extend our national capability, and strengthen our ability to help more businesses across the country to apply digital technology in a way that supports their growth… Tim also brings strong experience of large-scale ERP system selection projects, which aligns well with our long-term ambition to modernise and expand these services in line with our RSM US colleagues.”

Tim Cullimore himself added, “I’m delighted to have joined the team at RSM, and at such an exciting time. I recognise the ambition the team has to grow quickly. I very much look forward to leading the NetSuite alliance team in its bid to secure further market share, and expand and strengthen its service to clients throughout the UK and overseas.”

Related: Accountancies BDO and RSM acquire consulting firms in the US.


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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.