RSM appoints Partners in London and Birmingham offices

20 September 2018

RSM has bolstered its regulatory and technological offerings in the UK with the addition of two EY alumni. David Rowling arrives as a Partner in Birmingham, focusing on the firm’s technology consultancy offering, while Paul Jennings becomes a Partner in RSM’s London locale, with a focus on risk and compliance.

Global mid-market professional services network RSM has 35 offices across the UK, and has been steadily expanding in recent years. Last year, the firm saw revenues increasing by 9% to £319 million on the last financial year, ending 31 March 2017, while RSM further supplemented its organic growth with the acquisition of Explore Consulting, boosting its NetSuite capabilities in the process. Moving forward, the firm is looking to meet its growing demand, particularly in regards to regulation and technological transformation, by boosting its Partner headcount in the UK.

David Rowling has been drafted in as a new Partner at RSM, with a view to strengthening the firm's national Technology & Management Consulting (TMC) service line. Based in the firm’s Birmingham office, Rowling is a specialist in advising businesses on Digital/IT strategy, having spent most of his career in IT director roles in large and mid-market organisations. He has particular experience within high growth businesses, including IT restructuring following mergers and acquisitions.

He first arrived in the consulting industry 23 years ago, leaving a Project Manager position with foods giant Cadbury Schweppes for a role with EY in 1995. Rowling spent five years with the Big Four firm as a Management Consultant, before exiting to take up a succession of IT and Project Director roles at a number of companies, including the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Addo Food Group and Countryside. His most recent appointment was as a Business Change Director at Admiral Taverns.

RSM appoints Partners in London and Birmingham offices

Chris Knowles, Partner and national head of Technology & Management Consulting at RSM, commented, “I'm delighted to welcome David to the team. He is very well connected and respected in the market and his arrival will bring a step change to our IT strategy and related services. Many of our clients are grappling with how to create an effective IT strategy to support their growth plans and we want to be their first port of call for these services.”

Paul Jennings meanwhile arrived at RSM as a Financial Services Risk Assurance Partner, in the firm’s London office. Jennings has been appointed from Tori Global, where he was most recently the company’s head of regulatory compliance, and brings a strong record in financial services. Over the course of a career spanning two decades, Jennings was also a Senior Associate for the Financial Conduct Authority, and a former Senior Manager at EY. In 2009, he spent a year with Big Four competitor KPMG as a Senior Consultant, before taking a series of roles with Société Générale.

In his new role, he will support RSM’s clients in regulatory, risk and compliance requirements, with a focus on governance, systems and controls, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR), Anti Money Laundering (AML), skilled persons reports and across wider risk assurance matters.

David Fenton, Head of Financial Services at RSM, said of his arrival, “We are delighted for Paul to join the team and build our risk and regulatory offering. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the financial services sector that will provide significant benefit to our clients.”


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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.