Brickendon promotes Amanda Bunney to Marketing Director

14 February 2019

Digital transformation specialist Brickendon has announced the appointment of a new Marketing Director. As the transformational technology consultancy chases a diversity goal of a senior management team consisting 50% of women, former Grant Thornton professional Amanda Bunney has been promoted to the role at the firm’s London headquarters.

Amanda Bunney joined Brickendon Consulting in February 2017, and has since worked tirelessly to boost awareness of the firm’s brand. In her two years at the consultancy, Bunney has developed and implemented a broad marketing strategy, which includes the transformation of the firm’s thought leadership, launching a new website, managing events and growing the number and quality of PR campaigns.

Bunney has spent almost a decade in the consulting industry, specialising in marketing throughout her career. She arrived at Brickendon following a five-year spell with professional services firm Grant Thornton, where she latterly held the position of Marketing Manager – Consumer Sector, having been responsible for driving the development and implementation of the firm’s marketing strategy for the food and beverage, travel, tourism and leisure, and retail segments.

Brickendon promotes Amanda Bunney to Marketing Director

Prior to this, she spent a brief period with LexisNexis as a Marketing Consultant, having first arrived in the sector with BDO, in 2007. Bunney spent over three years with the firm, and most recently worked as a Business Marketing Advisor to clients in the retail, real estate and construction sectors. She holds a Post Graduate Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In recognition of her constant efforts to see the firm reach a wider audience and grow its client base, Bunney has been promoted to the rank of Marketing Director at Brickendon. In her new position, she will now also work to develop the promotion of new products from Brickendon Digital, while her promotion strengthens the female representation of Brickendon’s senior management team in line with the firm’s equality strategy.

In 2017, Brickendon signed up to the Women in Finance Charter in the UK, before announcing that it was committed to achieving 50% female representation in senior management by the end of 2021. While the goal remains a work in progress with two years left to reach it, Bunney’s appointment sees Brickendon take another step toward its target.

Commenting on her promotion, Bunney said, “It’s great to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment where you have the autonomy to try new things. I am proud to have contributed to the brand’s development and to be recognised for my part in the progress we have made. I am excited about the next phase of Brickendon’s progression, and in particular taking the new products and the Brickendon brand to the next level. No two days at Brickendon are ever the same and that is how I like it.”

Praising Bunney, Brickendon CEO Christopher Burke added, “It is hard to imagine how Brickendon operated without Amanda. She has driven major initiatives at the company, including managing the re-launch of our website and driving thought leadership to new levels. She has expertly managed our communications and coordinated a raft of highly successful PR campaigns. Her promotion is thoroughly deserved, and I look forward to her playing an increased role in the leadership of our expanding company.”

Brickendon already completed another of its diversity goals ahead of schedule in 2018. Also relating to the Women in Finance Charter, Brickendon pledged to appoint at least one female Non-Executive Director to its board by December 2019. The appointment of Clare Chalmers, a specialist in board effectiveness, to the role in July 2018 saw Brickendon meet its target 18 months ahead of time.

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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.