Grant Thornton appoints Ed Warner as independent chair

03 March 2016

Ed Warner has been appointed as the independent Chair of Grant Thornton UK’s Partnership Oversight Board. Warner has extensive experience in the financial services industry as well as many years of board and non-executive director experience, including as a non-executive director at Grant Thornton UK. In his new role, he will provide oversight to the governance of the firm, as well as support its ambition to create lasting value for its clients, people and the communities in which it serves.

Ed Warner currently serves as the Chairman of investment bank Panmure Gordon, derivatives exchange LMAX, the Standard Life European Private Equity Trust and the Blackrock Commodities Income Investment Trust. He also serves as an independent non-executive director at Clarksons; an international shipbroker, and SafeCharge International Group; an electronic payments provider. He further serves as a chairman to UK Athletics, the sport’s national governing body, and the organising committee of the World Athletics Championships to be held in London in 2017. He was awarded the OBE for services to British athletics in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List. Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford.

The announcement from Grant Thornton UK sees Warner take on the role of independent Chair of the firm’s Partnership Oversight Board. The Board has, as its remit, the oversight of the governance of the firm as a whole, in a structure similar to that of a public company. Warner is the first to be appointed as independent chair of any major accountancy firm in the UK. Following ratification by the firm’s partners, Warner will take up the position at the start of April.

Ed Warner - Grant Thornton

Warner already has significant experience at Grant Thornton UK, as one of the firm’s first independent non-executives appointed in 2010. Through the appointment, Warner will be better able to leverage his extensive commercial experience and help the company break new ground in the profession,  which has included: becoming the first to adopt a shared enterprise model, furthering the vision of the firm to become ‘the go to firm for growth', helping to shape a vibrant economy and creating lasting value for its clients, people and the communities in which it serves.

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK, says: "The appointment of an independent chair at this stage in the firm's evolution is a further example of us leading the way in modernising the profession. On a personal level, I've found Ed's external market perspective, ability to cut through to the heart of the matter and practical approach to dealing with issues most valuable. I've seen Ed working closely with our Elected Members, and feel this dynamic means we have the best of both worlds as we work to fulfill our ambition of becoming the go-to firm for growth."

Commenting on his new role Ed says: "Working with Grant Thornton over the last five years, I have seen the firm really carving out a unique place for itself within the market and a step-change in the way the business thinks and works with its clients to deliver value. I am looking forward to working with the strong leadership that is already in place to help accelerate this."


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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.