PwC adds Andrew Drake and Selina Hall to pensions practice

29 March 2016

PwC has added Andrew Drake as Partner and Selina Hall as Senior Manager to its Pensions Advisory practice in the UK. Drake will work across the regions lending advice to trustees, while Hall will provide operational management advice to pensions trustees and corporates.

Prior to joining PwC, Andrew Drake was a Managing Director at asset management and pension consultancy River and Mercantile for more than seven years. Previously he worked at Morgan Stanley for three years as the Head of UK Pensions within the firm’s Global Capital Markets practice. In 2001 Drake co-founded P-Solve, a firm that provides consultancy advice on a range of financial topics. Earlier roles include Head of Global Client Management at Sanlam, Senior Investment Consultant at Towers Perrin (nowadays Willis Towers Watson), between 1994 and 2000, and that of Corporate Finance Analyst at Cable & Wireless, starting in 1993. Drake holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Leeds.

Drake joins PwC as a Partner, and will, as part of the firm’s national pensions group, head up regional pensions investment consulting activities. The role will see him leverage his more than two decades of experience to provide regional trustees clients with expertise around defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.

PwC adds Andrew Drake and Selina Hall to Pensions practice

Before re-joining PwC, Selina Hall had a brief stint as Member Services Director of Ensign Pensions. Previously she worked for the Big Four firm for nearly nine years, having joined the professional services firm in 2006. Earlier employers include Dunnett Shaw, where she worked as a consultant for more than two years, Higham Dunnett Shaw, where she was a consultant for two years, and Hewitt Associates (nowadays Aon Hewitt), where she started her career as Implementation Manager in 2001. Hall holds Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Management from King's College London and the University of London.

Hall is re-joining PwC, where she again takes on the role of Senior Manager. Her role at the Big Four will see her work in the firm’s pensions team, where she will provide operational management advice to trustees and corporates, as well as contribute to pension change projects.

Raj Mody, Head of PwC's pensions advisory group, says: “It’s fantastic to have people of such calibre and experience join our team”. He adds: “We pride ourselves on the independence of our advice and with the combined experience and knowledge of current market issues that our new hires bring, our offering for trustees and corporates is going from strength to strength.”

Drake comments that he is "thrilled to be joining PwC” at an exciting stage, adding that he is “looking forward to working in an organisation with the reach and expertise needed to tackle the complex nature of the pension problem.”


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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.