Towers Watson adds Ann Flynn to UK pensions team

08 October 2015

Ann Flynn has joined Towers Watson as a Senior Consultant to help the firm expand its UK defined contribution (DC) pensions practice further, on the back of market growth. Flynn has worked within the pensions sector for more than 20 years at a variety of organisations, including as an independent consultant, experience that will be leveraged in her new role.

Ann Flynn joins Towers Watson after having worked as an independent consultant for two and a half years. In 2013, she founded Ann Flynn Consulting, a company that advises financial services industry clients about strategic marketing proposition and communications. Prior to starting for herself, between 2010 and 2013, Flynn worked at Standard Life and held a variety of senior roles, including that of Head of Workplace Distribution Proposition, Head of Corporate Marketing and Head of Customer Management and Corporate Marketing. From 2004 to 2010, she worked for Scottish Widows as the firm’s Head of Marketing Communications for Corporate Pensions. Other positions held by Flynn include Marketing Manager at Aegon, Client Services Manager at Newton Barr Consulting Actuaries and Advisers, Regional Sales Consultant at Moore Marr Bradley, Benefit Supporter at Mercer and Pension Administrator at Guardian Royal Exchange.

Flynn studied Communications, Marketing, PR, and Visual Design at the Edinburgh Napier University.

Ann Flynn, Towers Watson

In her new role at Towers Watson, Flynn will be responsible for the firm’s business development activities as a Senior Consultant to help the firm take advantage of growth within the DC market. “Ann is a very exciting hire for us as she combines over 20 years of industry experience with a strong focus on consultancy and business development. Our DC consultancy team has been very successful over the past few years and we are anticipating significant further growth […],” explains Kevin Stratford, Head of UK DC consulting at Towers Watson.

Flynn adds: “I am delighted to join Towers Watson and look forward to building on the success that its DC practice has achieved in recent years. The company has an excellent reputation in the industry and I know from my time working for pension providers that it has an unrivalled provider research capability, which I look forward to tapping into to help clients. I’m confident that my experience, particularly in building my own consultancy business, will add to the strong mix of skills we are able to offer clients.”


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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.