Arcadis makes two senior appointments in UK organisation

13 November 2018

Engineering consultancy Arcadis has confirmed two senior appointments in its UK wing, as the firm prepares for a busy 2019. Steve Bromhead takes on the role of Chief Operating Officer, while Tom Morgan will work as Arcadis’ UK Client Development Director.

The infrastructure of the future will require new thinking to maximise quality of life for populations, while minimising its environmental footprint. As companies and governments look to forge ahead with projects to improve performance on both fronts, they are looking to external expertise for key advice. To that end, engineering consultants are in high demand from planning authorities across the world, with Arcadis one of many firms increasingly being tapped to help envisage life and travel transformations for upcoming years.

Amid a growing client base, Arcadis has announced the appointment of Steve Bromhead as its new UK Chief Operating Officer (COO), following former COO Peter Madden’s move to head-up operations for Arcadis’s newly formed Europe, Middle East and UK region. At the same time, Tom Morgan will be taking on the role of UK Client Development Director, overseeing innovation and growth across the business.

Bromhead has a strong background in transportation, particularly in the aviation and rail sectors, and takes on the COO role after working at Arcadis for more than two decades in one form or another. His latest move will see him re-join the UK leadership team after a three-year period in which Bromhead led Arcadis’ global HSBC programme since 2015. Prior to this Bromhead was a Managing Director in Arcadis’ combined infrastructure and utilities business.

Arcadis makes two senior appointments in UK organisation

Tom Morgan has similarly spent a lengthy period with Arcadis, joining EC Harris in 2005, where Bromhead also worked, before its acquisition by Arcadis in 2012 saw him transfer across. Before this, he spent four years as a Management Consultant with Cap Gemini (before its rebranding as Capgemini), and two years with GKN as a Project Engineer.

Commenting on his appointment, Steve Bromhead, Arcadis UK COO, said, “This is an exciting time for our business. The impact of Brexit will undoubtedly pose some challenges for the UK economy, but we still see significant opportunity for the business. Joining an already strong UK leadership team at a time when our industry faces unprecedented change provides us with a great opportunity to help lead the industry, embracing the digital agenda and building a business where our future workforces will flourish.” 

Tom Morgan, Arcadis UK client development director, added, “In the UK alone, our team of 4,500 professionals are applying their skills and expertise to some of the UK’s most transformative projects, ranging from the Lower Thames Crossing and HS2, through to the new Otterpool Park garden settlement, the Belfast Transport Hub, and of course the delivery of the Global Capital Programme for HSBC.  I am looking forward to ensuring that Arcadis continues with this positive trajectory, improving the quality of life for our clients and their customers right across the built and natural environment.”

The moves come as part of a broader reshuffle to prepare for heightened demand. Mark Cowlard recently took the helm from Alan Brookes as the UK and Ireland CEO of Arcadis, following the expansion of Brookes’s leadership role to encompass Europe and the Middle East.

Commenting on Morgan and Bromhead’s appointments, Mark Cowlard said, “We’ve invested heavily in building the underlying foundations for a strong, joined-up business, and I’m pleased to welcome Steve and Tom onto my leadership team. Our success is driven by passionate and innovative people with sector, asset, and digital knowledge, and I’m confident that both Steve and Tom’s long-standing understanding of our business, combined with their extensive cross-sector expertise, will help to drive continued growth and development across the region."


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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.