Towers Watson appoints Tim Mitchell and Ed Wilson

17 December 2015

Towers Watson has appointed industry veterans Tim Mitchell and Ed Wilson as Senior Consultants in its Investment Practice in London. The two additions to the team follow the increasing demand for the firm’s organisational design consulting and investment services.

Tim Mitchell joins Towers Watson with more than 35 years of industry experience, most recently gained during his short spell as independent consultant. Before this, he was worked for NZ Super Fund for almost 13 years, during which he fulfilled several leadership roles, including that of Senior Advisor, General Manager and Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining NZ Super Fund in 2002, Mitchell acted as Principal Advisor for Crown financial policy to the New Zealand Treasury. Between 1992 and 1999, he worked for Colonial First State Global Asset Management as Chief Investment Officer. Other functions held include Principal at EcoFocus Consulting, Fixed Income Manager at Prudential Assurance and Investment Operations Officer at AMP.

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Ed Wilson moves to Towers Watson with almost 25 years of industry experience, with his most recent role as Director at PwC. Wilson worked for more than 18 years at the Big Four firm, during which he focused on investment consulting, reward and executive pensions, employee savings and HR analytics. Before joining PwC in 1997, he was the Head of Investment Research at HSBC Actuaries and Consultants for three years. Wilson started his career in 1991 as Actuarial Student at Lane Clark & Peacock.

The two Senior Consultants are added to Towers Watson’s Investment team to accommodate the increasing demand for its consulting and investment services. Ed Francis, EMEA head of Investment at Towers Watson, explains: “We are delighted that Ed and Tim have joined us at this exciting stage in the development of this part of our business. As investment organisations – such as sovereign funds, family offices and foundations – aim to optimise their businesses to make the most of the competitive and low-return environment, they are increasingly seeking our advice about organisational structure and change management, as well as calling on the full range of our investment services.”


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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.