Legal consultancy CJCH appoints new Chief of Staff

08 February 2019

Anti-piracy professional services firm CJCH has promoted a new Chief of Staff. Luke Heydenrych takes on the role, bringing more than a decade of industry experience to the job.

CJCH is a professional services group based in Cardiff, which specialises in legal services. Initially, CJCH Solicitors’ three offices in the United Kingdom offered a range of services in both corporate and private matters to clients across the world, however, the firm evolved a Consulting brand thanks to the growing need for anti-piracy and compliance services which were offered by the intellectual property practice of CJCH Solicitors. CJCH Consulting now complements the legal wing of the firm by offering a unique, bespoke operating model to deliver anti-piracy and Licence Compliance services to its clients.

As the firm continues to expand in 2019, it has resolved to promote a new Chief of Staff to oversee its overall operations, as well as the strategic direction of the legal practice and consulting firm. Luke Heydenrych, who joined the firm in 2016 as a Software Anti-Piracy Research Specialist, takes on the role, having most recently served as Head Of Operations at the organisation.

Legal consultancy CJCH appoints new Chief of Staff

Heydenrych brings more than 12 years of consulting industry know-how to the position, having previously held a number of related positions in South Africa. Most recently, this saw him spend four years as a Director of Communications and Innovation for Johannesburg-based Red Marketing SA. Heydenrych also enjoyed two spells with Accenture, where he latterly became a Senior Consultant. He also worked for Standard Bank – Africa’s biggest lender by assets – as a Business Process Consultant.

Commenting on his new challenge, Heydenrych said, "I am proud and privileged to have been appointed to the role of chief of staff at CJCH Solicitors and Consulting. This is a truly fantastic opportunity to drive the strategic direction and business development of this highly successful firm which I have no doubt will continue to thrive in 2019. CJCH is renowned for being a leader, both in the Welsh legal and global anti-piracy industry, and continues to drive innovation in a dynamic global field.”

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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.