Property consultancy adds new Surveyor to team

02 April 2019

Yorkshire based property consultancy Gent Visick has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new surveyor. Harry Fullerton joins the firm from Manchester based Davies Harrison, where he was a Senior Surveyor.

Founded in 2003, Leeds-headquartered Gent Visick is a niche commercial property consulting firm, which works to provide individuals, organisations and fund managers with the advice, guidance and reassurance to help them make practical decisions in relation to commercial property. The firm counts Aviva Investors, energy giant npower, and popular confectionary brand Haribo among its clients, and has been named ‘Best Industrial Agency Team’ at the Yorkshire Property Awards on 5 separate occasions, as well as ‘Best Small Agency Practice’ twice in the past 15 years.

The firm has been looking to expand its operations across the UK in recent months. In mid-2018, Gent Visick sought to open itself up to international clients, launching its second office and first presence in the global financial hub of London. Domestically, however, the firm is still the recipient of a large amount of work in the North of England, having been involved in many of the region’s most notable property deals over the last 12 months.

Property consultancy adds new Surveyor to team

Amid this buoyant demand, Gent Visick has appointed Harry Fullerton to join its team. Fullerton will work across the agency, development and investment divisions of Gent Visick, arriving from Manchester-based Davies Harrison. He has also previously worked for Lambert Smith Hampton in Manchester, where he commenced his career as a surveyor in 2014.

Commenting on his arrival, Fullerton said, “Having spent almost five years in the property industry in the North West, I was keen to use that knowledge and experience to progress my career in Yorkshire. I know some of the Gent Visick team from my University days, and the company’s reputation as a leading player in the North, that is also building a London presence, attracted me to the business. It’s a chance for me to join a really talented team and I felt it was a great fit.”

Rupert Visick, Managing Director at Gent Visick, added, “Harry will bring another dimension to the firm with his in-depth knowledge of the North West market. His experience in the industrial sector, solid work ethic and enthusiasm for what we do will no doubt benefit our clients.”

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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.