RSM appoints new Partner in Milton Keynes

13 February 2019

Former Big Four accountant Richard Bartlett-Rawlings has been appointed as an Auditing Partner to RSM’s Milton Keynes office. The mid-tier firm is looking to seize upon bullish global growth figures, with a space opening up for firms to challenge the auditing supremacy of KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and EY in the UK.

RSM, the sixth largest auditing and advisory network in the world, reported record global revenues of $5.37 billion for 2018, crowning five consecutive years of growth. While, as with the professional services sector as a whole, RSM’s growth was driven by the boom in demand for consulting services, its global accounting revenues exploded by 13% as well. The UK’s auditing scene is in the edge of a major period of change, meanwhile, presenting a key opportunity for RSM to compound that growth in 2019. 

Late in 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority called for a market cap to be put into place, to reduce the Big Four’s dominance in the UK auditing market. This presents the quartet’s key competitors, Grant Thornton, BDO and RSM, with a golden opportunity to make inroads beyond the mid-market auditing scene which they already perform strongly within. As RSM prepares to court the clients of the Big Four, it has appointed a professional from their ranks to help lead the charge.RSM appoints new Partner in Milton KeynesRichard Bartlett-Rawlings is a chartered accountant with more than 14 years of experience in the industry. He arrives as an Auditing Partner in RSM’s Milton Keynes office, having joined from KPMG where he was a Director and previously a Senior Manager. Prior to this he spent five years with fellow Big Four firm Deloitte, where he latterly became a Senior Manager.

Commenting on his appointment, Bartlett-Rawlings said, “Milton Keynes is a dynamic market with one of the fastest growth rates of any UK city. I'm very excited to be joining RSM's practice here to help local businesses to capitalise on this growth and achieve their ambitions.”

Adam King, RSM’s office Managing Partner in Milton Keynes, added, “I'm delighted to welcome Richard to RSM, who will add further strength and depth to our Milton Keynes team. His appointment reflects RSM's continued commitment to invest in key talent and expertise as we seek to become the first-choice adviser to middle market businesses.”


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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.