Deloitte poaches sales expert Andy Lees from Capgemini

29 December 2015 Consultancy.uk

Andy Lees, Capgemini’s former Global Sales Officer for the financial services industry, has joined Deloitte’s UK financial services team as Partner. Lees’ background in engineering coupled with his successful consulting career will be leveraged by the firm to help its financial services clients improve their use of technologies and digital strategies.

During his education as an engineer, between 1990 and 1995, Andy Lees passed through Ericson’s graduate training to become a Systems Engineer for Military Radar, a role he held for five years. Following his graduation Lees moved from Ericson to the UK National Air Traffic Services in 1995, where he worked for three years as an Engineer and Project Manager. In 1998 he joined KPMG, taking on the role of Director with a focus on client delivery of Supply Chain and IT Strategy services within the Telecommunications and Media sector. In 2005 Lees moved to Atos Consulting, where he worked as Partner, responsible for client delivery and sales in IT strategy services, before being promoted to Managing Partner in 2007. Three years later, he joined Capgemini, taking on the role of Senior Vice-President and CEO of Capgemini Financial Services for the UK & Ireland. In this role, he focused solely on the financial services sector. He led a team of IT and outsourcing consultants and deployed the firm’s international delivery model. In 2015 he was promoted as the firm’s Global Sales Officer for the financial services industry.

Lees holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from the University of Hertfordshire, a post graduate diploma in International Business from the University of Bristol, an MBA from ENPC (Paris), and diploma in Strategy Execution, Business Administration and Management from INSEAD.

Andy Lees and David Rush - Deloitte

In his new role as Partner in Deloitte UK’s financial services team, which is led by James O’Riordan since June of this year, Lees will leverage his engineering background as well as his more than 15 years of experience within the financial services industry for the firm. He will be responsible for providing advice to insurance and retail banking companies about the impact of new technologies and ways in which clients might be able to take better advantage of advances and digital strategies. 

“Andy has a proven track record of creating innovative new technology solutions for the businesses he works with,” comments David Rush, Head of Insurance at Deloitte. “With the fintech revolution gathering pace across financial services, his expertise will greatly help our insurance and banking clients.”

Lees adds: “This is a very exciting time for the financial services industry. We are seeing a significant level of operational change in the big players, particularly when it comes to incorporating new technologies. However, these businesses are being kept on their toes, given competition from new entrants challenging the status quo through digital innovation. I am pleased to join a firm that has invested in digital, as it shows commitment to helping companies respond to today’s technology challenges.”

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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.