Deloitte adds 4 partners to its Forensic practice in UK

15 February 2016

Deloitte has grown the top ranks of its UK Forensic practice with four partners in 2015. Two of the appointments were external hires – Andrew Robinson, who joined from the Bank of Scotland, and Chris Clements, who joined from Grant Thornton UK. One of the appointments, Andrew Flower, transferred from Deloitte France, while Andrew Oates was promoted internally.

Andrew Robinson started his career at PwC in 1987, where he worked as an auditor, business adviser and consultant. The role saw him work between the firm’s London and Tokyo offices. In 1996 he joined PwC’s Management Consulting unit, becoming a Partner in 1999 and working in the practice for six years. Seven year later he left the consulting industry to join ABN Amro, working to serve the bank’s Wholesale Clients. In the following years he served among others as the bank’s Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, a role he held for two years, and as ABN Amro’s Global Head of Compliance. In 2009 Robinson moved to the Bank of Scotland, where he worked as the Group Head of Assurance Standards, while the following year he took on the role of Global Head of Compliance at the bank. Robinson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Operation & Control from the University of Salford.

Chris Clements started as a trainee at RSM Robson Rhodes, where he worked for four years. In 1996 he joined Grant Thornton, where he became partner during his more than 19 year tenure at the firm. In his various roles at the accounting and consulting firm, Clements provided forensic accountancy, fraud investigation and advisory services, as well as providing evidence in courts, tribunals, international arbitrations and public enquiries in the UK and overseas on over 25 occasions. Clements holds a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Durham University.

Deloitte adds 4 partners to its Forensics practice

In his new role at Deloitte, Robinson will focus initially on financial crime and the CFO agenda, while Clements takes on the role of forensic lead for the North East practice (Leeds and Newcastle offices) and is disputes lead across the North.

Deloitte UK has also seen two internal additions join its leadership ranks. Andrew Flower moved to the UK from Deloitte’s French firm late last year, and brings with him more than 25 years of experience at the Big Four firm. Flower has been a partner with Deloitte in Europe and New York for over ten years and is the Global Head of Deloitte’s Dispute Consulting service line. Andrew Oates was promoted to Partner in the summer of 2015 and now leads Deloitte’s Forensic analytics team. He bring more than sixteen years of analytics experience to the role, having joined the firm nine years previous, after starting his career with rival PwC through the firm's graduate programme. He holds a degree in Information Systems.

“I’m confident that our clients will welcome the experiences and expertise of our four new partners as they face the challenges of responding to potentially contentious issues in their global businesses,” says Mark Tantam, Head of Deloitte Forensic in the UK. “As knowledge of the significant reputational and subsequent financial damage that a crisis can cause increases, boards are realising they need to actively manage risk and crisis. These new appointments significantly add to our ability to advise on assessing and mitigating risk, as well as reacting to events such as litigation, investigation and regulatory action.”


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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.