Steve Varley in Prime Minister Business Advisory Group

04 August 2015

Steve Varley, the Chairman of EY UK & Ireland, has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. The Group, consisting of business leaders from sectors of strategic importance to the UK, has been set up to provide high level advice on critical business and economic issues to the Prime Minister.

Business Advisory Group
The Business Advisory Group was formed in 2010 by Prime Minster David Cameron with the goal to ensure the UK Government gets high level advice on critical business and economic issues from some of Britain’s leading business men and women. Cameron explaining the benefits of the Group: “Having an advisory group with a range of experience and expertise should ensure that there is real interaction and discussion. It is vital that we get these policies right as we take forward our plans to drive down the deficit and transform our economy. Our prize will be balanced growth, getting Britain working and ensuring our whole country shares in rising prosperity.”

UK Government

The Group will meet quarterly to “provide a forum to debate the concerns and priorities facing the economy in general, and strategically important sectors in particular.” The meetings will be chaired by the Prime Minister and kept informal, with participants giving their views on a personal rather than a corporate basis. In addition to the Prime Minster, the Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will also attend the meetings.

Membership to the Group is offered on a personal basis for an initial period of twelve months. Recently, the UK Government announced the 19 newly appointed men and women of the Group. Among the business leaders, one leader from the consulting industry is to be found: the Chairman of EY UK & Ireland Steve Varley. Varley, who joined EY in 2005 as Managing Partner, has been the Chairman since 2011.

Steve Varley - CHairman of EY UK&I

An overview of the 19 appointed business men and women:

Alison Brittain (incoming CEO of Whitbread)
Bob Dudley (CEO of BP)
Nigel Wilson (CEO of Legal and General)
Carolyn McCall (CEO of Easyjet)
David Joseph (Chairman/CEO of Universal UK)
Robert Noel (CEO of Land Securities)
Jayne-Anne Ghadia (CEO of Virgin Money)
Xavier Rolet (CEO of LSE)
Eileen Burbidge (Partner at Passion Capital)
Jeff Fairburn (CEO of Persimmon)
Steve Varley (Chairman of EY)
Andy Clarke (CEO of Asda)
Paul Walsh (Chairman of Compass Group)
Simon Segars, (CEO of ARM)
Steve Wadey (CEO of QinetiQ)
John Nelson (Chairman of Lloyd’s of London)
Liv Garfield (CEO of Severn Trent)
Warren East, (CEO of Rolls Royce)
Ana Botin (Chairwoman of Santander)



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.