Birmingham-based Entec Si hires three consultants

03 April 2019

UK consultancy Entec Si has appointed a trio of consultants to help build its project management offering. Sue Johnson Gregory, Richard Dobson and Clare Aris arrive at the firm on the back of rapid growth in terms of headcount and revenues at Entec Si.

Entec Si has enjoyed bullish growth over the last year. The firm posted a turnover of £2.2 million for the year to 31 March 2018, a rise from £1.4 million in the prior 12 months. The company, based at Alpha Tower – a Grade II listed office skyscraper initially designed by Birmingham-born architect George Marsh as the headquarters of commercial television company ATV – has also almost doubled its workforce over the same period.

Recently, Entec Si has worked with Birmingham Airport and assisted with the service changes at Birmingham Library, and amid this demand it has taken the move to boost its project management wing. The Birmingham-based business change consultancy has revealed it is on track for continued growth this year, with three new hires across the business, and further role creation expected in the near future.

Birmingham-based Entec Si hires three consultants

Sue Johnson Gregory joins as a Principal Consultant. Earlier in her career, she spent time in the same role at Capita and Serco, before a spell with Wesleyan, where she worked as a Project Manager and Senior Continuous Improvement Consultant. She will now work closely with Entec Si’s directors, Eman Al-Hillawi and Peter Marsden, to develop the business’ growth strategy, while also taking a lead role in the organisation’s recent progression into the health sector.

Clare Aris further strengthens the firm’s project management expertise, joining the team as a project manager after holding a senior role within the NHS. She was a Director at CAA Warwickshire, having joined in 2014, and presided over a number of streamlining projects in that time.

Richard Dobson has been appointed as a project co-ordinator, following a successful career within the financial services sector. Dobson also spent time with Wesleyan, working for the last four years in Project Support at the firm.

Coinciding with the trio of appointments, the company has also launched an apprenticeship programme as part of the drive to create new opportunities for young people. The scheme will expose new recruits to a variety of disciplines across the business, giving them the opportunity to find inspiration and guidance for their future career development.

Eman Al-Hillawi, principal consultant at business change consultancy Entec Si, commented, “This is an incredibly exciting time for Entec Si. With our project portfolio continuing to grow, we’re always on the lookout for experienced project managers and business analysts to help us to continue delivering exceptional results to our clients. We are also committed to nurturing the next generation of business change talent, which is why we’re launching our own apprenticeship scheme.”

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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.