Deborah O’Neill takes lead of Oliver Wyman's UK Digital wing

28 January 2019

Deborah O’Neill has been appointed UK Head of Digital at global management consultancy Oliver Wyman. She will oversee the group’s bid for growth in the UK market, while drawing up the strategy direction of Oliver Wyman’s Digital, Technology and Analytics wing.

Recent times have unquestionably seen digital transformation consulting boom. According to the latest data, the market has grown to $44 billion, almost doubling in size since mid-2016, when it stood at $23 billion. As the need to digitise remains at the top of the agenda for most large businesses, keen to fight off challenges from new digitally savvy competitors, the market is only expected to continue on its exponential growth trajectory, and presents a major opportunity for consultants to grow their revenues in years to come.

Tapping into this, Oliver Wyman Digital, Technology, and Analytics (DTA) helps organisations capitalise on the opportunities created by the digitisation of business, and anticipate and neutralise strategic threats. The Oliver Wyman Digital offering includes services in data science and engineering, digital strategy acceleration, digital operations, and access to Oliver Wyman Labs. As it bids to push ahead with rapid growth in 2019, the organisation has appointed a new leader to its UK arm.

Deborah O’Neill takes lead of Oliver Wyman's UK Digital wingAlready a Partner with expertise in technology transformation, Deborah O’Neill has been handed the new role of UK Head of Digital at Oliver Wyman. In this capacity she will oversee both the strategic direction of the DTA practice in the UK, and work across the firm’s leading UK clients. The appointment follows acquisitions over the past two years in the UK of LShift, a software development company, and Draw, a digital agency.

Having studied Physics at Imperial College London, O’Neill joined Oliver Wyman in 2008, initially arriving as a Financial Services Consultant. After five years she had reached the rank of Principal, coinciding with the launch of Oliver Wyman labs. O’Neill was in fact a member of the team that established the Labs wing, which provides businesses with cutting-edge design, computer science, and engineering expertise. She was made a Partner two years later, and was recently announced as a finalist for the Young Leader of the Year 2019 prize at the Women in IT Awards.

Commenting on her new challenge, O’Neill said, “Organisations across all sectors will need to take new approaches to technology to remain competitive and grow. I am thrilled to be at the forefront of our work in the UK to solve businesses’ most pressing challenges by harnessing the opportunities of the information age.”

Rebecca Emerson, Head of UK & Ireland, Oliver Wyman, adds: “Deborah has been an invaluable member of Oliver Wyman from the start of her career, developing our digital transformation programmes across our client portfolio. I look forward to seeing the impact we will have in the UK and beyond as we continue to invest in technology talent across the organisation.”


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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.