Former Deloitte Director appointed Partner at Saffery Champness

30 November 2018 Consultancy.uk

Saffery Champness has brought a new Partner on board from Deloitte, as the firm looks to strengthen its Manchester office. Diane Petit-Laurent has been appointed as a new Corporate Partner, having also previously been employed by Mazars.

Founded in 1855, professional services firm Saffery Champness has grown into an international entity, with offices in the UK, Guernsey, Switzerland, Russia and China, among other locales. The firm provides financial, tax and business advisory work for clients across the UK and beyond, and boasts professionals familiar with a complex range of issues involved in amassing wealth, protecting it, using it to best effect, and passing it on.

As the firm looks to build on this reputation in its office in Manchester, Diane Petit-Laurent has joined Saffery Champness as a Corporate Partner. Her appointment brings a wealth of expertise in providing solutions to owner-managed business clients with both a national and international presence, as well as private equity-backed entities.

Former Deloitte Director becomes Saffery Champness Partner

She has arrived from Big Four giant Deloitte, were she spent more than six years, first as a Senior Manager and then becoming a Director, also in Manchester. She previously spent four years at mid-tier auditing and advisory firm Mazars, where she became a Senior Manager, following her qualification as a chartered accountant in 2005.

Petit-Laurent will now work alongside fellow Partners Mike Hodges and Simon Kite in the firm’s Manchester office. She will focus on entrepreneurial clients in a number of industries including technology, manufacturing and retail, working with the firm’s wider teams to deliver integrated advice throughout the enterprise lifecycle, from start-up to growth to exit.

Matthew Burton, Managing Partner at Saffery Champness, commented, “Diane joins us during a period of rapid growth in Manchester and is a key addition to the team as we continue to enhance our client offering to the local market in the North West. Diane has an outstanding track record and is the perfect fit for Saffery Champness both professionally and culturally; we look forward to working with her.”

Diane Petit-Laurent added, “Saffery Champness is immersed in UK entrepreneurship and, having worked alongside members of the Manchester team before, I am excited to be joining them and to be bringing my skills and experience to bear for the benefit of the firm’s entrepreneurial clients – particularly in the North West, as well as nationally and internationally.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.