MHC appoints Barry Simpson as new Head of Talent Acquisition

14 November 2018

IT and technology consultancy Mansion House Consulting has hired a new Head of Talent Acquisition, as the firm prepares to attract new staff in a competitive labour market. Barry Simpson was most recently a Director with staffing company Optimum.

Amid a multitude of intersecting issues, the recruitment of new talent by consulting firms has become a major headache in recent years. Getting new people on board is now a much larger issue than it used to be on the back of flourishing demand for management consultants, low unemployment, an ageing population and increasing restrictions to cross-border labour movement. On top of this, consultants that previously remained at their firm during harder economic times are now transitioning and moving around more freely, leading in part to consulting getting more competition for talent from large tech firms and start-ups, as some consultants may prefer to work in a smaller and more entrepreneurial environment.

In this environment, an effective talent acquisition strategy can make or break a firm when it comes to planning for the future. To that end, Mansion House Consulting (MHC) has hired a new Head of Talent Acquisition to move the firm forward. Barry Simpson brings more than 28 years of experience in the sector to his new role, and also becomes a Managing Director with MHC.

MHC appoints Barry Simpson as new Head of Talent Acquisition

Based in MHC’s London headquarters, Simpson will now develop the firm’s global consultant acquisition strategy to meet growing demand in its specialist consultancy service lines of cyber security, payments, infrastructure, ecosystem monitoring and delivery assurance. The international business and technology consultancy focuses exclusively on the financial services sector, specialising in change management

Having commenced his career in Technology Recruitment in 1990 at a start-up business of 4 people, Simpson initially worked as a specialist recruiter within the financial markets. After eight years with MSB International, during which time he became part of the Executive team and scaled the business to over 2,700 IT and business specialists working across the globe, supported by a headquartered team of 200, he moved on in 2000. Since then, Simpson has worked with successful IT recruitment business Optimum, where he has been a Director for the past 18 years. 

Commenting on the new hire, MHC’s CEO, Gerard Kenny said, “I am very pleased that Barry has agreed to join MHC; he has extensive experience of leading high-volume growth in the consultancy business.”

Simpson himself added that he was “very pleased to be here. I hope to make a difference to what is already a great company.”

Over the course of nine years in business, MHC has transitioned from its English roots to being an international consulting player. Earlier in the year, this expansion drive saw the firm open its second and third office in the UK. Sheffield and Manchester added to the firm’s established London head office – taking MHC’s global footprint to 18 operations hubs across four continents.

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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.