Michael Vallance bolsters Banking practice of Capco

24 August 2015 Consultancy.uk

Capco has boosted its Banking practice with the appointment of Financial Services expert Michael Vallance as Managing Principal. Vallance, who has extensive experience in the banking sector, including at Citi and Santander, will cover Capco’s Transaction Banking & Payments clients.

Michael Vallance joins Capco from Caxton FX, a foreign exchange, international payments and prepaid card provider, where he acted as Interim Product Launch Director for short period. Between 2007 and 2014, Vallance worked for Citi Group. During this time, he fulfilled several management roles, including Managing Director of Business Development, Global Product Head and Global Market Management Head. Before joining Citi, he was the Head of Strategy & Development at Banco Santander. From 1999 to 2005, Vallance was employed by Barclays, first as Product Director, Liquidity & Investment and later as Sales & Marketing Director for Barclaycard Business. Other roles held include that of Interim Consultant at Kensington Mortgages and Investment Executive at Baronsmead.

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Vallance will leverage his many years of experience in the banking sector for his new role at Capco, and will, as Managing Principal in the firm’s Banking Consultancy practice, focus on Transaction Banking & Payments.

For Capco, Vallance is the sixth senior addition to its UK team in a year’s time. Earlier this year, the firm added Rob Morgan as Partner to its Payments practice. In December 2014, Ian Bentinck re-joined the firm as a partner, while former Barclays COO Jonathan Rose was added to the leadership team in October 2014 and Paul Trotter and James Arnett during the summer of 2014.



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.