Ramboll expands environment and health division with six new staff

18 January 2019 Consultancy.uk

Following a year of significant growth, international consultancy Ramboll has hired six new senior staff to its environment and health practice in the UK. The global engineering firm has recruited the professionals across its Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London offices.

Ramboll recorded 2.8% in organic growth for the year lifting total fee income to €1.44 billion by late spring 2018, while the number of employees grew slightly, from 12,497 FTEs in 2016 to 12,527 FTEs in 2017. Profitability was improved over the course of the past financial year – EBITA, a key indicator of performance, was up by 2.8% to around €83 million – a record for the Danish-based company – and EBITA margin was up by 5.8%. Following another nine months of strong growth, the consulting firm has moved to appoint a number of senior professionals, amid heightened demand.

Joining the firm's compliance, strategy and transaction practice as a Principal in Manchester, Rob Steer brings over 26 years of experience in delivering support in safety and risk management, particularly in the energy sector. Arriving from ERM, Steer has extensive expertise in offshore drilling and production, as well as in liquefied natural gas. Steer further expands Ramboll’s offering in CST and will be providing support to a wide variety of clients.

Ramboll expands environment and health division with six new staff

Also arriving in the Manchester office, Dr Richard Bewley has been hired as a Senior Managing Consultant within the locale’s site solutions team. He arrives from AECOM, bringing some 35 years of experience in in-situ and ex-situ soil and groundwater remediation. He is a globally recognised expert in the contaminated land community, with over 50 publications in the field. He advises clients across a range of sectors, particularly industrial and manufacturing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and oil and gas.

Fellow AECOM professional Richard Wood has also joined Ramboll, this time taking his experience to the firm’s Leeds office. Joining the compliance, strategy and transaction practice of the Yorkshire-based team, the former Environment Agency Environment and Regulatory Officer brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental regulations to the role.

Arriving at Ramboll’s Birmingham office, Graham Harker has joined the company as a Senior Managing Consultant in the firm’s air quality team. Harker joins from Peter Brett Associates, where he led that firm’s air quality discipline.

Dr Philip Rogers is an Associate Lecturer with the University of Greenwich. He has joined Ramboll as a Senior Managing Consultant in the firm’s London-based impact assessment team, in order to lead its biodiversity and ecology team.

Finally, fellow London arrival Jeffrey Franklin has been appointed as Senior Managing Consultant in Ramboll’s compliance, strategy and transaction practice there. Franklin has more than 15 years of experience providing construction health and safety risk management guidance to clients within a variety of sectors.

Commenting on the new hires, Matt Davies, UK managing director for Ramboll Environment and Health, said, “These new hires signal a period of considerable growth for Ramboll’s environmental and health division. With his extensive experience, it is great to welcome Rob on to the team, and he is in a great position to help Ramboll continue to assert itself as one of the leading environmental consultancy businesses in the market.”


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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.