RSM Partner named President of East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

16 November 2018

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has appointed Kevin Harris its new President, in preparation for Brexit. The RSM Office Managing Partner will oversee the organisation as it works to achieve improved support from the Government for local businesses, in what may be a challenging 2019.

A chamber of commerce is a form of business network, whose goal is to further the interests of businesses in its locality. The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for business in the East Midlands. It boasts a membership base of more than 4,000 businesses and 3,000 affiliates across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, making it the largest business representation organisation in the region.

As the organisation prepares for a challenging 2019, with businesses across the area facing an uncertain year thanks to the culmination of Brexit, it has appointed a new President. Kevin Harris, an Office Managing Partner of RSM from Leicester, accepted the chains of office from outgoing President Rob Mayo at the Chamber’s annual general meeting in November.Kevin Harris named President of East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

Before his spell with RSM, one of the world’s largest auditing and advisory firms, Harris spent more than 20 years as an owner of Cooper Parry, where he was responsible for advising a portfolio of locally based SMEs alongside an Audit Partner role. He also has previous experience with his local Chamber of Commerce for many years. He was Chair at Leicestershire Chamber and oversaw its merger with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce to form East Midlands Chamber, while he also held the Vice Presidency of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce for the last five years.

In a speech accepting office, Harris first thanked his predecessor for all his “hard work, enthusiasm and leadership in the past year.” Following that, he added that with Brexit day falling during his Presidency, his first goal would be to “make sure the Chamber continues to offer the help, guidance and support to steer members through the changes that lie ahead.”

Following his acceptance, Harris’ first official duty was to announce Dawn Edwards as his Vice President for the year ahead. Also hailing from the consulting industry, Edwards is a Managing Director at Challenge Consulting, a management training and advisory firm, based in Woodborough. She has previously been voted one of the top 100 Nottinghamshire Women of Influence, while being a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.


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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.