Frank Hirth Chairman Paul Hocking passes away in a tragic accident

12 October 2018

Paul Hocking, Chairman and first employee of Frank Hirth, has passed away at the age of 62, following an accident in Africa. The loss of the top tax accountant and philanthropist has been felt deeply at Frank Hirth, as well as by his friends, close clients and throughout the financial sector.

Joining Frank Hirth during its first year in business, Paul Hocking became the consultancy’s first employee in 1976, ascending to the rank of Partner over the following decade. During his extensive tenure with the firm, he led its tax practice for over 42 years, helping the company to grow from two to over 220 employees in that time. He amassed an unmatched level of experience in the industry over the course of his time in the industry, and was highly valued in the private client world as a result.

Hocking was recognised in The Spear’s 500 as a leading accountant for the three years since its inaugural edition in 2015, and was awarded “Private Client Accountant of the Year” in the Spears Wealth Management Awards 2017. He also acted as chair of the British American Business Tax Forum in London and served for two years as a member of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC), a US Congressional tax committee reporting on matters to the Electronic Tax Administration, among a long list of other hallmark achievements. In 2017, Hocking was also named one of the top 10 tax accountant advisors in the UK.

Frank Hirth Chairman Paul Hocking passes away in a tragic accidentBesides this, Hocking was also the Chairman for Two Wheels for Life, playing an active role helping to raise money for the charity in Africa since 2008. The charity helps provide sustainable transport for ministries of health in seven African countries, helping provide access to healthcare for 14 million people. In regards to his hard work to improve the lives of others, Hocking once said, “I think philanthropy in all its forms needs more attention,” and living by that idiom, he was instrumental in raising over £700,000 for Two Wheels in the last three years alone.

Robyn Limmer, Managing Director at Frank Hirth, said, “It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye not only to a close colleague but a friend. Paul was a leader who influenced the lives of all at Frank Hirth and will always be remembered and loved. Although it is an emotionally difficult time for us all, Paul and I have spent significant time over the recent year planning for him to step down and transition to retirement. So, it is all the more heart breaking that he leaves us in this way. Frank Hirth will ensure that the firm maintains Paul’s positive legacy and a ‘can do’ attitude and continue in the same vein we always have done.”

A statement from Frank Hirth further said, “Paul was an inspirational leader, a kind-hearted man and a passionate advocate of his philanthropic work which many described as his real legacy… At this difficult time, we extend our deepest condolences and thoughts to all his family.”

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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.