Arup names Chief Operating Officer as new Chair

01 February 2019

International professional services firm Arup has revealed the identity of its new Chair, as incumbent Gregory Hodkinson prepares to exit the position following a maximum five-year spell in the role.  Dr Alan Belfield will assume the position from 1st April 2019, having spent the past 26 years with the firm.

Construction consultancy Arup enjoyed UK revenue growth of 4% in its latest financial year. The firm outpaced the economic growth of the UK as a whole by gaining a number of key contracts, including a multi-million pound redevelopment project for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. By the end of March 2018, Arup had generated operating profits of £113.2 million, up 57%, on the prior term. This included proceeds from the sale of a building it owned in the west end of London to the Workspace group.

As the firm looks to kick on from a successful 2018, Arup will also have to accommodate change at the top of its company, however. Current Chair Gregory Hodkinson will have completed his maximum five-year tenure in the position as of 31st March. Hodkinson has spent his professional career at Arup and is a passionate believer in Arup’s mission to ‘shape a better world’, and commands more than 40 years’ experience in large-scale projects – meaning his successor has big shoes to fill.

Arup names Chief Operating Officer as new Chair

Fortunately for Arup, it is able to call on its current Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chairman to fill the gap, as it prepares for Hodkinson’s exit. The £1.6 billion turnover firm has appointed Dr Alan Belfield as the new Chair starting in April; he brings 26 years of experience at the consultancy to the position. Belfield will be assisted in his duties by fellow Deputy Chairman Tristram Carfrae, who has been reappointed in that role for another three-year term.

Belfield joined Arup in 1992, and his previous experience at the firm has involved leading the group’s operations in the UK, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to his spell with Arup, Belfield spent another seven years with Hawtal Whiting, where he reached the rank of Executive Engineer before transitioning to the consulting industry. He completed a PhD in stress analysis in 1981 at the University of Nottingham.

Commenting on the appointment, Belfield, said, “It is a huge honour to be appointed the next Chairman of Arup. I have worked in the firm for over 25 years, so I know what an amazingly talented group of people we have. In these uncertain political and economic times, our work and our values have never mattered more. Along with my colleagues, I look forward to working with our clients all around the world on projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Related: Former Arup Co-chairman passes away aged 94.


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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.