Kate Davies and Richard Goold appointed to Board of YLD

12 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Digital consultancy YLD has appointed two new board advisors as the firm seeks to grow its offering in the coming months. The installation of Kate Davies and Richard Goold at the company expands its board to six professionals.

The global software consulting market is expected to reach $382 billion by 2025. Amid this, demand for consulting in the sector is booming, as clients seek external expertise to make the most of their new technological offerings. Tapping into this, YLD is one of London’s fastest-growing software engineering and design consultancies, working with European brands such as The Economist, Trainline and Thomas Cook. The firm works to assist clients with digital transformation by deploying cutting edge technologies, design, and software engineering practises.

YLD already has locations in London, Manchester, Porto and Lisbon, and the IT consulting firm is expanding rapidly. The firm lifted its revenues by 98% over the past year, while expanding its expertise with the appointment of a number of professionals, including Tim Morgan as a new Board Advisor late in 2018.

Kate Davies and Richard Goold appointed to Board of YLD

Now, as the consulting firm looks to further boost its prowess for a busy 2019, it has continued the escalation of its Board with two senior appointments. The arrival of Kate Davies and Richard Goold sees YLD’s Board reach six members, and they will work alongside Tim Morgan, Bill Scott, Stuart Hamilton and CEO Nuno Job to plot the future course of the company.

Kate Davies is the incumbent Chief Executive of Notting Hill Genesis. The company is a 65,000-home association, with 90% of its stock in London. Prior to this in her 27-year career, she was Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director of Housing in Brighton and Hove City Council. Davies holds two degrees and qualifications in housing management (MCIH) and housing association development.

Richard Goold, meanwhile, is a Partner at consulting firm Moorhouse. The firm, which joined forces with SQS and Assystem Technologies last year, helps organisations address their biggest strategic challenges. Goold is the Lead Partner for People & Talent at Moorhouse, and is passionate about influencing, shaping and informing new forms of leadership for a new workforce and a new world. Prior to his role there, he worked as a Director at Big Four firm KPMG, and was also previously the Head of Business Consulting at Mouchel.

Commenting on the pair of appointments, CEO Nuno Job remarked, “Kate brings expertise from a charity background which is much aligned with our values. Richard's background in learning and development will highly contribute to our mission of culture of learning. Both Kate and Richard bring their strategy expertise and will help us with sustainable growth at YLD.”

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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.