James Cooper joins Gate One from EY as a Principal

06 August 2015 Consultancy.uk

Gate One has boosted its capability to deliver Business Transformation programmes with the appointment of former EY Senior Manager James Cooper. The addition of Cooper is in line with the firm’s ambitious growth plan of becoming a nationally-recognised management consulting firm.

James Cooper started his career at EY as Associate in 2004 after graduating from the University of Nottingham in Digital Business & E-commerce. In 2008, Cooper was promoted to Senior Consultant and in 2010 to Manager. His latest role at the firm, which he held from 2013 onwards, was that of Senior Manager in the firm’s advisory service line. During his 11 year career at EY, Cooper worked both in the UK and Australia with a range of multi-national organisations, including with the Government of Victoria to revolutionise the way millions of transactions are delivered to the public.

James Cooper - Gate One

Cooper brings his more than a decade worth of experience and knowledge in Portfolio and Programme Management to his new role as Principal at Gate One, boosting the firm’s capability to deliver some of the UK’s most complex Business Transformation programmes. According to the consulting firm, Cooper’s hire will allow it to continue its ambition growth plan to “become a nationally-recognised management consultancy with revenues of more than £10 million and a team of 50 consultants within 5 years.”

Commenting on his appointment, Cooper says: “I am really pleased to be joining Gate One and look forward to the challenges that a smaller consultancy brings. Their fresh approach to consulting engagements along with their entrepreneurial culture were two key factors in my decision to join.”

Getting recognised
Gate One’s Managing Director Tim Phillips was recently named Director of the Year by leading business network  IoD, and the firm has been nominated two Lloyds Bank National Business Awards: the Vonage Business Enabler of the Year Award and the New Business Award.


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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.