Former PwC Partner Michael Spiteri joins Elixirr FS team

23 July 2015 Consultancy.uk

London-based consultancy Elixirr has boosted its Partner team with the appointment of Michael Spiteri. Spiteri, who joins from PwC, will lead the firm’s Financial Services practice and is the 14th addition to the partner team of the fast-growing consulting firm.

Since its founding in 2009, management consulting firm Elixirr - formerly known as Elix-IRR - has experienced speedy growth*, as a result of which it recently broke through the barrier of 80 consultants. To help it reach its goal of continued international growth, Elixirr has been steadily expanding its partner team in the past few months. In November 2014, Brandon Bichler joined the firm from Infosys and in May of this year, the firm appointed four new partners, including Chris Sullivan from RBS and internally promoted Jill Ross, Dieter Halfar and Joe Dall. Other senior appointments made to boost the firm include Karina van den Oever, Katie Gillett and Herbert van der Raad.

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Elixirr's most recent addition to its growing partner team is Michael Spiteri, who has been hired to lead the Financial Services practice. Spiteri joins with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, of which he the last 5 years focused on digital technology in insurance and banking across a wide range of clients. Before joining Elixirr, Spiteri held various leadership positions, of which his role as Partner in the insurance consulting team at PwC was the most recent one. Prior to this, between 2010 and 2013, he was a Managing Director at Accenture and between 2006 and 2010, the acted as Head of Financial Services at HCL AXON. From 2001 to 2006, Spiteri worked for IBM, first as Client Services Director and later as Head of FS Consulting.

Commenting on his move, Spiteri says: “I joined Elixirr because they solve the really difficult problems for their clients. They don’t just talk strategy, they deliver operational action. This is a firm that is passionate about helping their clients change the game in their industries – and we’re serious about changing the game in our own. With Elixirr’s focus on digital and innovation, I believe that we can execute business and operating models for our insurance and banking clients that will truly transform them into the organisations of the future. I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Michael Spiteri and Stephen Newton

Stephen Newton, Founder & Managing Partner of Elixirr, adds: “I am delighted that Michael has joined our Partner team. He brings with him a wealth of understanding of the business context our insurance and banking clients operate in, and his focus on digital and innovation is perfectly aligned with ours. Our strong network in the start-up ecosystems of Silicon Valley and London, alongside our experience working with large financial services institutions means we are perfectly placed to help our corporate clients respond to their new competitors - fast-moving, innovative start-ups who are threatening their market position. We’re acting as enablers to help them collaborate and learn from each other for mutual benefit. The market is responding extremely well to this, our clients are telling us that our perspective is unique and Michael will further strengthen our credibility in this area. He joins us at a time when we are really accelerating our growth, and he will play a big part in that.”

* On the back of its expansion path, and the quality of its service offerings, Elixirr was voted UK’s ‘Best New Consultancy’ by the MCA in 2014.

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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.