KPMG promotes tax specialist Peter Beckett to Partner

22 January 2016

Peter Beckett has been appointed a Partner within KPMG UK’s real estate team. In his new role, Beckett is charged with expanding the firm’s real estate tax capability, as well as further building its client base within the UK REITs market.

Peter Becket has been working for KPMG since 2011, when he re-joined the firm from EY. At EY he led the real estate tax team in the London Real Estate practice. Beckett started his career in 1996 at KPMG, working at the firm until he moved to EY in 2004. His work at the professional services firms saw him build up more than 20 years’ experience in tax, of which 14 were spent exclusively with real estate businesses. Beckett is a member of the British Property Federation Tax Committee and a Steering Committee Member of the Property Finance Forum.

KPMG promotes tax specialist Peter Beckett to Partner

Beckett’s promotion to partner will see him focus on expanding the KPMG’s real estate tax capability, as well as develop relationships with investors, including global pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and private equity. His recognised knowledge within the UK REITs (real estate investment trusts) market will be leveraged by the firm as it seeks to further improve its position within the market. “Peter has a great deal of experience working with real estate tax clients, and his promotion to partner is a real boon for our practice,” comments Andy Pyle, UK Head of Real Estate at KPMG. “He is a well-known, highly respected figure within the industry and I am confident he will be instrumental in enabling us to enhance and develop our service to our clients. It is with real pleasure that I welcome Peter to the KPMG partnership.”

Commenting on this promotion, Beckett says: “I am delighted to be joining the partnership and look forward to working with clients, both existing and new, within my new role. This is an exciting time for the UK real estate market and I am confident that our real estate practice can offer best in class service to the industry.”


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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.