Five new hires for Yorkshire wing of Grant Thornton

26 September 2018

Following a record year for its Yorkshire tax practice, Grant Thornton UK has recruited five new staff to the successful office. Ben Vaux, Stephanie Holmes, Isfan Hanif, Stacie Nicholls and Daniel Andreca have joined the Leeds and Sheffield offices.

Grant Thornton’s Yorkshire tax team has seen profits grown by 18.8% year on year. In her first year as head of tax for Yorkshire and the North East, Partner Rachel Engwell – who joined the firm from EY in 2016 – has strengthened Grant Thornton’s tax client base in the region, backing it up with headcount growth. The most recent five appointments take the team's size to 35 across locations in Leeds and Sheffield.

Ben Vaux joins Grant Thornton as a Corporate Tax Manager. He brings with him extensive experience in tax management, having held the same role at PwC for the past 12 years. During his tenure with the Big Four firm, he specialised in the provision of corporate tax compliance and advisory services.

Five new hires for Yorkshire wing of Grant Thornton

Stephanie Holmes arrives at the firm as a VAT Manager, similarly following a long-term engagement with a Big Four firm. Holmes spent the past eight years with Deloitte, where she was most recently an Indirect Tax Manager. That role followed a two year stint as a Graduate Trainee with the Arcadia Group between 2007 and 2009.

Isfan Hanif also takes up a role relating to indirect taxes, joining Grant Thornton as a VAT Executive. Unlike the others, Isfan Hanif spent the duration of his last role outside of the consulting industry. During a five year spell with HM Revenue & Customs, the professional eventually rose to the rank of VAT Compliance, before leaving for a new challenge in the consulting sector.

Stacie Nicholls assumes the position of Corporate Tax Associate after spending a year at Deloitte. Working as a Corporate Tax Analyst for the Big Four firm, Nicholls had previously worked with the UK Ministry of Justice, where she worked as a Crown Court Clerk for the best part of her two year spell.

Daniel Andreca joins Grant Thornton as a Private Client Tax Associate. Andreca was most recently engaged as a Personal Tax Semi Senior with professional services firm Saffery Champness. Previously, he had spent three years as a Personal Tax Trainee Accountant with Auker Rhodes Professional Services.

Grant Thornton Tax Partner Rachel Engwell said of the new recruits, "I'm delighted to be able to continue to bring exceptional talent to Grant Thornton as our team goes from strength-to-strength. Three of our latest hires have come from Big Four firms, a testament to Grant Thornton's attractiveness as an employer that is doing something different in the market."

Commenting on why he chose to start a new chapter of his career at Grant Thornton, Ben Vaux said of his arrival, “I was attracted to the role because of the fantastic team spirit, variety of work and growth mindedness which brings with it really good prospects for progression.”


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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.