Johnston Carmichael unveils four senior appointments

16 December 2015

Accountancy and business advisory Johnston Carmichael has made four key senior appointments as part of its growth strategy across Scotland. The firm promoted Alexandra Docherty and John McAuslin to Tax Partner, while Paul Cochrane has been promoted to Tax Director and Stephen McIlwaine to Audit Director.

Alexandra Docherty, who has been named Tax Partner in the Edinburgh office, has been with Johnston Carmichael since 2012. Prior to which, she worked for Big Four firm PwC for five year, leaving the firm as Senior Tax Manager. Docherty specialises in private client tax and owner managed businesses, with a focus on providing solutions for clients through tax efficient structuring.

Newly named Tax Partner in the Glasgow office John McAuslin joined the firm in 2013 as a Tax Director. McAuslin also moved on from PwC, where he worked for more than 13 years as a corporate tax specialist, moving his way up to Senior Tax Manager. In his work, he focuses on corporate tax, including M&A’s, structuring and group reorganisations, corporation tax compliance and corporate tax planning.

Alexandra Docherty - John McAuslin - Paul Cochrane - Stephen Mcllwaine

Paul Cochrane, who has been working in the Glasgow office since 2007, has been named Tax Director. His prior roles at the firm include that of (senior) VAT and Indirect Taxes Manager. Cochrane is another PwC alumnus, having worked for the Big Four firm between 2004 and 2007 as a VAT Consultant. Before this, he was a VAT Officer for the HM Revenue and Customs from 2002 to 2004. Cochrane specialises in international services, property, the public sector and the food & leisure industries. 

The last promotion is that of Aberdeen-based Stephen McIlwaine, who takes on the position of Audit Director. McIlwaine joined Johnston Carmichael in 2013 from Big Four firm Deloitte, where he had worked for more than three years as Audit Senior Manager. Before this, he fulfilled the role of Audit Manager at Anderson Anderson & Brown (between 2009 and 2010) and at KPMG Channel Islands (between 2005 and 2009). McIlwaine started his career at Moore Stephens in 1998 as an Accountant. McIlwaine provides his clients audit, accountancy and related advisory services.

“I am delighted to announce these promotions to strengthen our senior team. Rewarding our people for the significant contributions they make to the business, demonstrates the emphasis Johnston Carmichael places on career development,” comments Sandy Manson, CEO of Johnston Carmichael. “Providing opportunities for our employees to progress is extremely important to us, and these well-deserved promotions recognise the hard work and dedication shown by each individual.”

Sandy Manson, CEO of Johnston Carmichael

The promotions are part of the firm’s growth and succession planning strategy and follow the firm’s 8 promotions in June of this year. “Johnston Carmichael continues to grow in capability and expertise, and I have no doubt that our new partners and directors will play a major role in the future success of our business by providing exceptional service to our clients and further developing the talented and engaged people in our wider team,” says Manson. The firm’s number of partners stands now at 58.

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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.