Baker Tilly adds Kenny McLean to Consulting unit

29 June 2015

Professional services firm Baker Tilly has boosted its Consulting Practice with the appointment of Kenny McLean as Director. According to the firm, McLean, who will divide his time between the offices in Glasgow and London, has been hired to support the development of the  consulting business.

Kenny McLean joins Baker Tilly from business technology consulting firm Certeco where he acted as Client Director, overseeing the firm’s client change programmes. Prior to this, he acted as Managing Director of WinningWork and as Senior Business Development Manager at Arum. Between 2007 and 2011, he was a Senior Manager - Business Development at KPMG. Between 1998 and 2005, he worked at IBM, climbing the ranks to Partner Manager in 2003. Other business development and technology consulting roles include working for Sopra, SAP and EDS, the latter of which where he started his career back in 1998.

In addition to his role at Baker Tilly, McLean also acts as Non-Executive Director of Mittz GK, a role he took on in 2011.

Kenny McLean, Baker Tilly

As Director Consulting, McLean will be charged with supporting the development of the firm’s Consulting Practice. In doing so, he will cover business case development, contract and procurement, finance transformation, governance and risk, technology consulting, operational improvement, organisational transformation and ERP software implementation. In addition, McLean will lead engagements, support project management work and contribute to internal practice dvelopment.

Commenting on the appointment, Robert Ross, Head of Baker Tilly's Consulting practice, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Kenny to the team. He brings with him extensive business development and delivery experience which will be invaluable as we seek to significantly grow this service line to meet the demands of our clients.”


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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.