BDO hires Laurie Hannant, appointed partner in Nottingham

21 January 2019 Consultancy.uk

Professional services firm BDO has appointed a new Partner to its Audit division in Nottingham. Laurie Hannant brings more than 20 years of auditing experience to the role, and the former EY professional also adds to the firm’s growing challenge to the Big Four’s dominance of UK auditing.

2018 saw a year of major growth for the auditing and advisory provision of professional services firm BDO. The firm further grew its leading position as a junior market auditor – ahead even the Big Four – while late in the year, news broke that BDO and Moore Stephens were poised to clinch a merger deal in the near future, leapfrogging Grant Thornton as the UK’s fifth largest professional services firm. The transaction is expected to complete in spring 2019, and will create an entity with a gross annual revenue of approximately £600 million.

As BDO looks to further strengthen its position as a major competitor of the Big Four’s stranglehold on the UK’s auditing scene, the firm has appointed a new regional Audit Partner in the East Midlands. Joining the team in BDO’s Nottingham office, Laurie Hannant arrives following 15 years’ experience at EY where she led complex audits for clients as a Director. Before her time there, she spent three years as an Audit Executive at Tenon, following a four year stint as an Audit Trainee with Gregory Priestley and Stewart. 

BDO hires new regional Audit Partner

Commenting on her new challenge, Hannant said, "The East Midlands is such a dynamic and fast growing business community and the role presented a compelling opportunity to work back in my home region. As BDO is set to join forces with Moore Stephens, it’s a fantastic time to be joining such an ambitious firm. We’ve never experienced so much change in the audit industry and combined with the current political backdrop, it’s a fascinating time to work in our sector. I’m looking forward to adding value to the firm, our clients and the wider businesses community."

Andrew Mair, Partner and Head of BDO in the East Midlands, added, "As a business, we’re always looking to attract and retain the best talent the sector has to offer – and Laurie is a great example of just that. This latest hire in the East Midlands reinforces our commitment to ensuring we provide our clients with quality advice they can trust."

Related: BDO appoints Jill Halford as Partner for audits in charity wing.

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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.