Catalyst Development appoints Didier Faure as CFO

08 October 2018

Catalyst Development has announced the appointment of Didier Faure in the role of Chief Financial and Operational Officer. The former AlixPartners professional will oversee the firm’s finances amid a period of extended growth.

Fast-growing financial services consultancy Catalyst Development enjoyed a record year in 2017, tripling the firm’s headcount in its London office to 100 employees. Between April 2017 and March 2018, Catalyst substantially grew its investment base, services, markets, clients, staff and profitability, as well as beginning to supplement its growth with an ambitious M&A strategy. In Autumn 2017, this saw the financial services consultancy secure a growth investment, in the form of a management buyout backed by private equity investor Livingbridge.

As the firm prepared for further growth in 2018, Catalyst hired Blythe Barber as a Senior Commercial Partner. Following up on this, the consultancy has further grown its team with the addition of Didier Faure to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Faure possesses a deep knowledge of professional services management, serving as a CFO and board director of global and private equity backed companies for nearly 20 years.

Catalyst Development appoints Didier Faure as CFO

Most recently, Faure was Chief Financial Officer of the CSL DualCom Group, where he spent a year. This came on the back of an extended period with AlixPartners, during which he had a material involvement in AlixPartners’ acquisition and integration of ZolfoCooper, a leading financial advisory firm, in 2015. He joined the global restructuring advisory firm in 2008, after almost a decade as the CFO and Director of Operations Grey Healthcare Group, a subsidiary of WPP.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Middleton, CEO of Catalyst, said, “Didier joins us at an extremely exciting time in Catalyst’s history and his expert knowledge will be a great asset to our growing company. Didier has a proven track record and will play a major role in our planned future acquisitions and subsequent integrations.”

Didier Faure himself added, “I am delighted to be joining Catalyst and look forward to helping them to achieve their ambitious growth plans. I am pleased to have found a firm which shares my passion for accelerating business and operational performance in their clients and wants to apply that approach to growing their own business. “

Related: Financial services consultancy Catalyst Development triples headcount.

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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.