Victoria Barr joins South African practice of FTI Consulting

11 March 2016

FTI Consulting’s Victoria Barr has been promoted to the role of Senior Director in the firm’s (young) Economic and Financial Consulting practice in South Africa. In the new role, which sees her relocate to South Africa from the UK, she will provide expert advice to clients and support South African practice leader, John Lisle, expand the firm’s regional footprint. 

Victoria Barr joined FTI Consulting (FTI) in 2012 as a Senior Consultant, and, in 2014, was promoted to the role of Director. Prior to FTI, Barr was a Consultant at Frontier Economics between 2007 and 2012. Previous roles held by Barr, include Economy and Welfare Policy Officer for the UK Labour Party, for a five month stint; Consultant at The World Bank, for almost four years; Country Risk Analyst at Business Monitor International, for a little over a year; and Parliamentary Researcher for Richard Burden MP, where she started her career in 2003.

Barr holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and German from the University of Cambridge, a Post-graduate diploma in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Victoria Barr - FTI Consulting

FTI’s announcement names Barr as the Senior Director in the firm’s Economic & Financial Consulting practice in South Africa; the role sees Barr move to Cape Town, where she will work alongside practice leader, John Lisle, to develop the South African practice.

Barr joins FTI’s recently (2015) established Cape Town team, which provides economic and financial advice and expert witness services to a wide range of clients, in the areas of commercial disputes, economic regulation and competition policy. In her new role, Barr will leverage her extensive experience in economic regulation, public policy, economic development and competition issues for its clients in South Africa as the firm continues to expand its footprint in the region.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Lisle says that he is “delighted” that Barr is joining the South African practice to help it expand across the region. Adding that: “Over the past year, we have introduced FTI Consulting’s unique expertise and experience to clients in South Africa and we look forward to continuing our growth in the coming years. Victoria is an important addition to our team, and I know that she will be a great asset to our clients here.”


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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.