KPMG appoints Director to international tax team in London

04 December 2018

Big Four firm KPMG has appointed a new Tax Director to its London office. Jennifer Cooper joins the firm following a spell with rival firm EY, where she worked to help multinational clients navigate the changing UK tax system.

With global tax systems changing rapidly amid a period of geo-political tension, many firms are turning to the consulting world to help them find the best deal in terms of cost and efficiency. This is particularly the case for businesses located in the UK, which will need to work among a complex and potentially volatile system in the wake of Brexit.

In preparation for growing demand in this area, KPMG has appointed Jennifer Cooper as a new International Tax Director in the firm’s London-based global tax team in London. Cooper is actually a member of KPMG alumni, having spent three years as a Tax Assistant with the firm, ending in 2008.

KPMG appoints Director to international tax team in London

Cooper then moved to Big Four rival EY, where she would spend the following decade. Joining as a Mergers & Acquisitions Tax Executive, she was most recently a Director in International Tax Services. This saw her based in both the UK and the US’ famous Silicon Valley, where she helped US-headquartered multinationals understand the changing UK tax environment. Her return to KPMG will see her based in London, and using this experience to advise multinational groups on the impact of business change and tax change, including M&A, business integration, supply chain restructuring and BEPS.

Melissa Geiger, Head of International Tax and Tax Policy at KPMG UK said of the appointment, “Our multinational clients are navigating a complex and rapidly changing tax environment. Whether responding to policies around taxing the digital economy or evaluating the relative competitiveness of different regimes, access to high quality international tax advice has never been more important. Jennifer’s extensive knowledge of the UK and US tax systems will complement the broad variety of skills and experience in our dynamic and growing team.”

Jennifer Cooper herself added, “Exciting things are happening at International Tax at KPMG. I am looking forward to being part of a great team who work with a really interesting set of clients.”

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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.