Katie Cotterell joins the Cedar Consulting payroll team

26 June 2015 Consultancy.uk

Cedar Consulting welcomes Katie Cotterell to its Global Payroll consulting team, as the firm expands its client base on the back of a buoyant PeopleSoft market in the UK. Cotterell bring her years of experience in the design and implementation of payroll, as well as her wider retail experience to the firm.

Cedar Consulting is a provider of consulting expertise in a variety of support services, with the aim of helping its broad range of clients use their investment in Oracle’s Cloud, Taleo or PeopleSoft solution the most effectively. The company is an Oracle Gold Partner with a focus on PeopleSoft and Fusion Specialisms. The consulting firm has more than 20 years of experience with Oracle products, and has in recent years received several Oracle User Group recognitions.

With the PeopleSoft market in the UK* enjoying strong growth, Cedar has enjoyed a recent expansion in its client base, some requiring large scale implementation of Global Payroll, for which firm has hired Katie Cotterell.

Katie Cotterell - Cedar Consulting

Cotterell joins the firm with more than six years of experience in payroll, primarily with PeopleSoft Global Payroll, Absence Management and Time & Labour. She joins from Morrison Supermarkets, where she was a key figure behind the development and implementation of the payroll system. In her most recent role, Cotterell was the go to expert for supporting 130,000 employees on the payroll at Morrison.

In her new role Cotterell will support the consultancy in delivering payroll projects to the new clients, as well as providing her knowledge of retail to the consulting team.

In June Cedar Consulting bolsterd its PeopleSoft team with Graham Smith, who joined from Oxfam, where he worked for 18 years, in his last role as Technical Team lead.

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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.