Mercer adds Lynn Esenwine to its Financial Strategy Group

05 April 2016 Consultancy.uk

Mercer has picked up pensions specialist Lynn Esenwine. In anticipation of the expansion of the Pension Risk Transfer market in the US, the firm is bringing in Esenwine’s expertise to support clients with, among others, buyout transactions, investment strategies and risk management.

Prior to joining the global HR consultancy, Esenwine worked for the MassMutual Financial Group as a Vice President of Pension Buy Out, where she started mid-way through last year. Previously, between 2002 and 2015, Esenwine worked at Prudential Retirement. In her last role at the company, Esenwine served as Vice President of the mid-market Pension Risk Transfer unit. Earlier positions include the role of Sales Director, in the firm’s Tax Exempt practice, and Actuarial Analyst in its Pricing & Finance practice. In 2001 she started her career at consulting firm Towers Perrin (nowadays Willis Towers Watson) as an Actuarial Analyst. 

Lynn Esenwine holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, Math and Business Logistics from Penn State University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. 

Lynn Esenwine - Richard McEvoy

Esenwine joins Mercer as a Senior Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) consultant within the firm’s Financial Strategy Group (FSG). In her new role she will leverage her 15 years of experience to provide facilitation for large buyout transactions, coordinate investment strategies and risk management, as well as drive solutions innovation within the market. The addition is part of Mercer’s expansion within the PRT segment, in preparation for expected growth in the coming years.

Richard McEvoy, head of the FSG, comments, “Lynn has had industry-level impact in helping drive the PRT business forward in recent years with her focus, energy and creativity. We are delighted to have her join our Mercer team. Given the nature of Lynn’s former roles with insurance providers, her knowledge and transaction experience will help Mercer enhance execution certainty for our clients and benefit security for their employees.”

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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.