BDO appoints new Partner to Midlands team

19 March 2019

The UK wing of consulting and auditing firm BDO has installed a new Partner in its Midlands office. Paul Fenner joins the firm’s real estate and construction team, bringing 25 years of experience to the role.

2019 represents a key year of growth for global accounting and advisory firm BDO. With the purchase of Moore Stephens, BDO has leapfrogged Grant Thornton as the UK’s fifth largest professional services firm, creating an entity with a gross annual revenue of approximately £600 million in the process.

BDO is now the UK’s largest accountancy firm specialising in entrepreneurially-spirited mid-sized businesses. The merger has also seen notable growth in the firm’s regional presences, including the enlarged office the firm holds in the West Midlands, with more than 400 people based there at present.

BDO appoints new Partner to Midlands team

As the professional services firm looks to drive growth across its regional outlets, BDO has appointed a new Partner to lead its real estate and construction team in the Midlands. Paul Fenner has more than 25 years’ audit experience, ranging from working with fast-growth and owner-managed businesses to multinational listed companies.

Fenner joined BDO as a result of the firm’s merger with Moore Stephens, having headed up the firm’s national practice for the real estate and construction sectors. He will now fulfil the same role from BDO’s Birmingham office at Two Snowhill. He has also been appointed to lead the firm’s construction team nationally.

Prior to his latest roles, Fenner was an Audit Director at Grant Thornton, where he spent six years of his career. Before that, he spent the same amount of time with Big Four firm Deloitte, becoming a Senior Audit Manager before leaving for new challenges in 2009. Fenner remains a Board Member with the BESS Built Environment Skills in Schools, a role he has held for the last three years.

Commenting on his appointment, Fenner said, “I am looking forward to leading the firm’s presence in the Midlands’ real estate and construction sector. As an enlarged firm we have considerable expertise in the market and have valuable experience in working alongside a variety of companies, ranging in size and specialism. Using my knowledge of the sector in the region, I look forward to working with the BDO team and making a positive impact on the companies that are so crucial to the backbone of our economy and infrastructure.”


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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.