Deloitte strengthens Cardiff team with senior advisors

28 April 2015

Professional services firm Deloitte recently strengthened its Cardiff team with three senior advisors. Cennydd Thomas has been hired as Manager, Delyth Jones promoted to Partner, and Director Colin Williams relocated from the London office. The appointments follow the firm’s announcement that its Cardiff delivery centre will create up to 700 new jobs in next five years.

Delyth Jones has been with Deloitte for more than six years, joining the firm in 2009 as Senior Audit Manager. In 2012 she became Director and has now been promoted to Partner in Deloitte’s Audit and Advisory Business in Cardiff, a move that, according to the firm, supports the on-going growth of its Audit Practice in Wales. “Delyth has excelled within our audit and advisory businesses – this promotion is much deserved and reflects our growing business in Wales,” explains Wayne Harvey, Senior Partner for Deloitte in Wales.

Wayne Harvey, Deloitte Wales

The firm has also strengthened its Corporate Finance team in Cardiff with two leadership appointments. Deloitte Director Colin Williams, who joined Deloitte eleven years ago, has relocated from the firm’s London Transaction Services team to the Cardiff office. At his new location, Williams will be charged with further growing Deloitte’s strong position in the Welsh financial services market. “Colin brings a wealth of experience to bear across our South Wales market and enhances our ability to provide clients with leading edge insight and guidance. We are very pleased that he has returned home,” says Harvey.

Cennydd Thomas has been newly hired and joined the firm as Manager Transaction Services. Thomas, who was an Audit trainee at Deloitte in 2005-2006, brings a background in financial due diligence, M&A advisory, finance raising projects and valuation and forensic work. Prior to joining Deloitte, he worked as Chairman for business club Fiftyone3 between 2011 and 2015 and as Corporate Finance Manager for UHY Hacker Young between 2008 and 2015. Thomas has a Bachelor degree in Politics with Economics from the University of Bath and is a fluent Welsh speaker.


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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.