James O'Riordan leads Deloitte Financial Services

31 August 2015 Consultancy.uk

Deloitte UK has boosted its financial services team with the appointment of Senior Partner James O’Riordan as the new leader of its Financial Services practice. In addition, the firm also David Myers, David Rush and Neil Tomlinson, as respective heads of capital markets, insurance and banking.

James O’Riordan has been with Deloitte since 2005, his previous roles include Deloitte UK’s head of insurance and the co-head of the firm’s EMEA insurance practice. O’Riordan has over 20 years’ financial services experience gained while employed at Deloitte and Vision Consulting. During his career, he specifically focussed on insurance and banking operations and IT and insurance business strategy.

James ORiordan - Deloitte

In addition to promoting O’Riordan, the professional services firm also appointed David Myers, David Rush and Neil Tomlinson to its Financial Services executive group.

David Myers, who has been named Head of Capital Markets, joined Deloitte in 2007. Myers has more than 25 years’ experience and has specialised in trading, exchanges, clearing houses and central depository systems, as well as investment bank operations.

Newly appointed Head of Insurance and Co-Head of the EMEA Insurance Group David Rush has been with the firm for almost three decades, during which he specialised in Financial Services with a focus on Insurance. Rush joined Deloitte in 1986 in Sydney, after which he transferred to the London office 1990.

Neil Tomlinson, David Rush, Dave Myers
Neil Tomlinson has been promoted as the new Head of Banking. Tomlinson, who came to work for Deloitte in 2006, has extensive experience in strategy and business transformation across the banking sector, including corporate and SME financial services, wealth management, personal and retail banking.

Commenting on his and the other promotions, O’Riordan says: “Our team is well equipped and experienced in addressing these challenges. We are Deloitte’s largest and fastest growing industry sector, covering banking, capital markets, insurance and investment management. We have ambitious plans to grow our business, and I am confident we can achieve this goal.”

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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.