Odgers Interim expands technology practice with new consultant

29 March 2019 Consultancy.uk

Professional services firm Odgers Interim has expanded its technology practice with a new consultant. Andy Wright joins the firm from FTSE 250 recruitment firm Michael Page, and is the latest of five new faces at Odgers over the last year.

Launched in 1999 as the interim management wing of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, Odgers Interim is a global provider of interim management services, drawing on two decades of experience in c-suite and director-level interim placements. The firm’s consultants advise public and commercial organisations across 24 different sectors. In the last year, the firm has seen an explosive demand for senior executives on a part-time basis.

To meet this spiking demand, Odgers Interim has been focusing on recruitment over the last 12 months, hiring four new consultants. Recently this saw Siobhan Farlow and Nik Shah join the firm’s government practice. Now, the company has added a fifth new consultant to its ranks with the arrival of Andy Wright.

Odgers Interim expands technology practice with new consultant

Having enjoyed rising demand for interim managers across the consumer technology and telecommunications industries, Wright joins Odgers Interim’s technology practice. Prior to joining Odgers Interim, Andy Wright spent eight years with FTSE 250 recruitment firm Michael Page, where he specialised in the appointment of senior interim roles across a variety of functions, including finance, marketing and sales. As a former Operating Director at the company, he is equipped with multi-faceted search and assessment skills that encompass senior leadership roles across a breadth of functions.

In his new role with Odgers Interim, he will work with business to consumer technology firms, digital platforms and telecoms giants to place interim managers in roles across senior leadership divisions. Bringing almost a decade’s worth of experience to the role, Wright will be tasked with supporting companies in what is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, alongside Paul Wright, the Head of the Technology Practice at Odgers Interim.

Commenting on the new arrival, Paul Wright said, “Tech companies of all shapes and sizes are changing at pace. Emergent players that have disrupted and created new markets are trying to stay ahead of the younger disruptors that are hot on their heels. At the same time, the large incumbents are refusing to take this lying down and are responding by developing increasingly agile business models. This has created an environment of dislocation and widening skills gaps, leading to a heightened demand for skilled leaders who can lead and shape change within organisations.”

Andy Wright added, “Whilst there is an atmosphere of fatigue surrounding the current political environment, the consumer technology space is far from stagnant with an increasing number of companies undergoing rapid capital investment growth and engaging in M&A activity. All of this has set a demand for senior professionals who can be parachuted into organisations to manage accelerated scale-up journeys and deliver on projects during periods of turbulence.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.