FTI Consulting Managing Director Leor Franks joins Augusta Ventures

08 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Augusta, the largest litigation and dispute funding institution in the UK, announced the appointment of Leor Franks as Chief Marketing Officer. He will be based in Augusta's London office.

Speaking to Consultancy.uk in 2017, Leor Franks said a successful marketing strategy consists of ‘four Rs’. “The first R is Recognition: building recognition of the brand and the marketplace," he explained. "The second R is Reputation: demonstrating the calibre of our people, of our services. The third R is Relationships: maintaining those you already have and also creating new ones. And the fourth R is Revenue marketing: some people call it business development – prepping and planning for meetings, providing the collateral to have those meetings, and so on.”

With almost 20 years of experience including director level positions at EY and Deloitte, Leor Franks is well placed to offer valuable insight into the world of marketing within professional services. For the last five years of his career, Franks has served as the Managing Director in Marketing Communications at FTI Consulting, a global firm with 4,600 employees in 28 countries which offers management consulting, communications, and financial advisory services. Now, however, he has decided the time is right to apply his skills to a new challenge.

FTI Consulting Managing Director Leor Franks joins Augusta Ventures

Franks has exited FTI Consulting, where he was also a member of the group executive team in EMEA, for Augusta Ventures, where he takes on the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Established in 2013, Augusta is the largest litigation and dispute funding institution in the UK – with £150 million of capital and a team of 70 in London and 85 worldwide. Augusta’s scale enables them to make decisions in market-leading timeframes and fund cases of any size. It has funded more than 210 individual claims with a market leading win ratio of 79%.

Commenting on the appointment, Robert Hanna, Managing Director at Augusta, stated, “We’re delighted to welcome Leor to Augusta. With his deep experience of marketing, communications and business development, Leor will play a key leadership role helping us fulfil our international growth objectives.”

Leor Franks remarked, “I’m delighted to be joining the leading litigation and dispute funder Augusta. With their strong track record and aggressive growth plans, I’m very much looking forward to working with Augusta's impressive executive team and helping reach clients in need of funding across our chosen markets.”

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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.