Andrew Lansley takes on health role at Bain & Company

22 December 2015

Andrew Lansley, former UK Secretary of State for Health, has taken on a parttime role within the Healthcare Practice at Bain & Company. In his new role he will support the consulting firm advise clients on healthcare strategies, and improve its odds of gaining access to some of the £5.8 billion of NHS work that is commissioned to the private sector.

Andrew Lansley has worked for the conservative party for several decades, becoming a Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire in 1997, a position he held until May of this year. His history with politics started earlier however, when, in 1984, he became the Private Secretary for the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Further government related roles include that of Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce from 1987 until 1990, and Director of the Conservative Research Department from 1990 until 2005. As a Member of Parliament, he held the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Health for the UK Government from 2003 onwards, before ascending to the role of Secretary of State for Health in 2010. Starting 2012, up until 2014, Lansley was the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal. Today he is the Strategic Counsel for Low Associates and a Member of the House of Lords.

Lansley holds a BA in Politics from the University of Exeter, and is a privy Counsellor as well as a Commander of the British Empire.

Andrew Lansley - Bain & Company

Lansley’s new role at Bain & Company will be part-time within the firm’s Healthcare Practice, with the aim of assisting the firm to pick up a share of the “£5.8 billion of NHS work being advertised to private sector”. Lansley will in addition support strategic engagement delivery.

According to government rules, which in part aim to limit conflicts of interest, ex-ministers need to apply for permission to take up new positions following their official roles. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) cleared Lansley’s appointment; however, a number of conditions were imposed. The ACOBA states that “the committee sees no reason why Mr Lansley should not take up this appointment, subject to the following conditions: that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the Government on behalf of Bain & Company, their subsidiaries, partners or clients.”


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.