EY appoints Partner to lead fight against cybercrime

25 June 2015 Consultancy.uk

Chris Gould has been appointed partner at EY and will head up the firm’s UK cyber-crime team. With the level of cyber threats increasing, it will be Gould’s role to help clients better defend their boarders as well as track down perpetrators. Gould will leverage his 25 years’ experience in cyber-crime related knowledge from his past roles at, among others, PwC, KPMG and Deloitte.

Gould started his career in 1990 at PKF, rising to a senior level over his almost five years at the company. In 1995 Gould moved to Deloitte, where he grew to become a Senior Manager in the practice for information security and business continuity projects for the financial sector. In 2003 Gould joined KPMG as the firm’s Head of IT Advisory and Assurance Practice in Russia. In this role, Gould was responsible for the development of new service offerings and managing existing client portfolio. Five years later, he left the consulting industry to join Barclays Bank, where he became the Director of Internal Audit. In 2010 Gould moved to PwC Russia, where he worked as a Partner and CEE Leader for Cyber Security and Forensics, during which he developed an information security consulting function, and built a strong local practice and cross regional team of Information Security professionals and develop sustainable project pipeline.

Gould holds a Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Chris Gould - EY

The threat of cyber-attacks continues to grow yearly, with a recent report from the UK Government finding that 90% of large organisation had a breach last year compared to 81% the year before, while small organisations saw a 14% increase in those responding that they had been breached to 74%. And yesterday Consultancy.uk a new report from Marsh, highlighting that UK firms still have a long way to go when it comes to mature cyber security.

In a bid to help client better combat the increasing threat of cyber security, EY has been expanding its Forensic Technology practice – also incorporating a cyber-security offering – which now has a 130 strong team doing £30 million in business. 

Gould’s new role as partner will be to head up the cyber security team within the Forensic Technology practice. He will deploy his experience to help organisations tackle the threat of cyber-crime by pro-actively identifying threats, responding to data breaches, and tracking down perpetrators.“Chris brings a wealth of experience in the cyber space, where we expect to see significant growth. Clients will be taking steps to protect themselves from cybercrime, investigate breaches and deal with the aftermath of cyber incidents from rogue employees, criminal gangs and state sponsored attacks,” explains Paul Walker, Partner and Head of Forensic Technology in the UK. 

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Gould adds: “This is an exciting opportunity for me to join a dynamic team. I hope to bring the skills and experience, that I have gained throughout my career, to help protect businesses from hackers and cybercrime.”

Earlier this year EY launched a state-of-the-art model to help firms combat cybercrime.

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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.