Martin Groak appointed Non-Executive by Eight Capital

07 February 2019

Financial services firm Eight Capital Partners has appointed auditing and advisory veteran Martin Groak as a Non-Executive Director. Groak brings more than three decades of consulting and financial services experience to the role.

Eight Capital Partners is a financial services company based in London. The firm operates a system of targeted investments which focus on opportunities in the technology, media, telecoms and financial service sectors. It provides equity, debt, and equity-related investment capital to growing companies which are seeking capital for growth and development, consolidation or acquisition, or as pre-IPO financing, as well as occasionally undertaking reverse takeovers in applicable cases.

As the firm looks to expand its client-base in 2019, while the UK financial services sector braces for an uncertain future with Brexit on the horizon, it has appointed a new Non-Executive Director. Martin Groak takes up a role on the board of the company having previously worked with the firm as a consultant to the company. At the time, Groak sat on the board of Cogenpower, and later, Monreal, and subsequently worked as a consultant to Eight Capital, which purchased the firms.

Martin Groak appointed Non-Executive by Eight Capital

A retired chartered accountant, Groak commands some 30 years of international business experience, with a strong background in finance and financial control, predominantly in oil exploration, renewable energy, logistics and physical trading. As a consultant and interim manager, he obtained diverse sector experience, including video games development, secure telephony, "lean" app development and managing the finances of the UK's second-generation nuclear power station fleet.

He has subsequently held numerous CFO positions, and been a director of 5 UK publicly listed companies. Groak is currently a Non-Executive Director of Tanfield Group – an AIM quoted investing company focussed on the engineering sector – and an advisor to a "healthy ageing" project. He will retain this position alongside his new role at Eight Partners, which commences immediately.

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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.