Siobhan Farlow and Nik Shah join Government arm of Odgers Interim

28 September 2018

The government consulting team of Odgers Interim has appointed two new professionals to its UK wing, as it works to accommodate heightened demand. Nik Shah joins Odgers Interim from iPeople, where he held the position of Associate Director, while Siobhan Farlow arrives from the Cabinet Office DDAT (Digital, Data & Technology) team.

Odgers Interim is a global provider of interim management services with 20 years’ experience in c-suite and director-level interim placements. The firm’s 26 consultants advise public and commercial organisations across 24 different sectors. In the last six months, the firm has seen an explosive demand for senior executives on a part-time basis, particularly in the fields of local and national government.

The public sector represents a £1.5 billion consulting industry, around 40% of which ends up in the pocket of independent consultants. At the same time, demand for interim managers in the public sector is increasing, with a majority of firms either reporting the same level of work or an improvement last year. They are either hired on a sole basis, or through interim and placement firms such as Odgers Interim.

To meet with this spiking demand, the interim management arm of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has expanded its Government Practice with two senior consultants. Siobhan Farlow and Nik Shah have Odgers Interim, and both consultants will be working alongside Jes Ladva, Partner and Head of the Government Practice at Odgers Interim.

Siobhan Farlow and Nik Shah join Government arm of Odgers Interim

Commenting on the growth of the Practice, Jes Ladva remarked, “Government organisations, whether central or local, face the increasingly difficult challenge of delivering high-quality services against a backdrop of tighter regulation, limited resources and Brexit turbulence. We’re finding a growing demand from government organisations who value the critical skills and outside-of-the-box thinking interims bring to programmes and services.”

Siobhan Farlow has arrived at Odgers Interim as a Consultant, via the Cabinet Office DDAT (Digital, Data & Technology) team, where she specialised in the appointment of technical architects. She brings over two decades of experience in search and assessment, and has held other previous roles including Director at iPeople, an executive search business specialising in the Public, Private and Third Sectors. Farlow also held a Senior Manager role at Advanced Human Resources, an HR consultancy specialising in local and central government.

She will work with central government departments, bodies and agencies to place interim managers in digital and technology roles. Farlow will seek to blend sought-after technical skillsets with critical requirements, in order to help clients source interims that add value quickly, deliver outcomes within a tight timeframe and ensure the organisation is equipped to continue even after the interim assignment.

Farlow said of her new challenge, “The uncertainty emanating from the current political and economic climate is hampering the progress of much needed digital and technology programmes across central government. Interim managers are proving to be a cost-effective resource for re-engaging projects and putting digital development back on track.”

Nik Shah has joined Odgers Interim to take responsibility for middle and senior interim assignments across local authorities. His remit covers children’s and adult’s social care, as well as general project management, improvement and transformation.

Prior to joining Odgers Interim, who also takes up the position of Consultant, Shah also spent time with iPeople, where over a four year spell he ascended to the rank of Associate Director. Previously he also worked as a Process Improvement Engineer with RB, after spending a three year period in Dubai with the Noble Insurance Broker Company, where he was latterly a Business Development Manager.

Shah stated, “Having to work with constrained resources, People Services face ongoing challenges to meet capacity demands. As a result, local authorities are increasingly looking for transformation and improvement specialists who can be parachuted into organisations to plug gaps at the same time as improve the quality of services delivered across social care.”

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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.