EY adds FinTech expert Richard Goold to UK legal team

24 March 2016 Consultancy.uk

EY has picked up FinTech expert Richard Goold, who joins the firm from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, and is appointed as Partner and lead for its UK Tech and FinTech practice. He is set to formally join the firm sometime during spring of this year.

Richard Goold has been the Co-Chair of Tech at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co since 2014 – he was appointed a Partner at the firm in 2012. Previously, from 2008, he was the firm’s Director and head of the US sales team. During his more than 15 years at the firm, Goold started his career at the firm in 2001, he developed a specialisation in the Tech and FinTech industries, and gained experience in, among others, private equity transactions, private company disposals and mergers and acquisitions.

Goold holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Business and Management from the University of Manchester – Manchester Business School.

EY's recent announcement discloses that Goold will be joining the UK arm of the firm this spring, as a Partner, affiliated to the firm’s legal services business. In his new role, Goold will leverage his extensive experience within the tech and FinTech sector to grow and lead the firm’s legal Tech team and continue to support the firm’s wider Tech and FinTech practice. The UK is globally a frontrunner in the FinTech space, with a recent report from EY (commissioned by HM Treasury) showing that the UK can call itself the FinTech capital of the world, although competition is heating.

Richard Goold - Philip Goodstone - Imran Gulamhuseinwala

Commenting on Goold’s appointment, Philip Goodstone, head of EY’s UK legal services team says that Goold is a “fantastic appointment and will be a real asset to the team.” His appointment fits well within the firm’s ambition to grow its UK legal services practice, with the UK FinTech sector gaining considerable traction at the moment. Goodstone adds: “Richard’s appointment marks a key step towards achieving this strategy. He is a rising star in the Tech sector and is well known in the FinTech market.”

Imran Gulamhuseinwala, EY’s FinTech leader, comments: “The pace of change and innovation in the FinTech industry over the last five years has been astounding. It has become a growing industry for the UK economy. Investing in our own business through top talent like Richard will ensure that we are well positioned to help companies as they seek to capitalise on this opportunity.”

A recent study by KPMG found that global investments into FinTech startups has boomed to $19 billion last year.



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.