Lisa Duarte joins Cornerstone Government Affairs in Chicago

06 April 2016

US-based Cornerstone Government Affairs has hired Lisa Duarte as Vice President. Duarte joins the firm from the Office of the Mayor for the City of Chicago, where she was the Chief of Staff to the Mayor's Economic Council.

Prior to joining Cornerstone Government Affairs, Lisa Duarte worked as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor's Economic Council at the Office of the Mayor for the City of Chicago. In the role, Duarte supported the rollout of the Mayor’s economic agenda focusing on job growth, neighbourhood development, infrastructure, and City finances. Concurrently, Duarte was the Legislative Counsel to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, providing the office with legislative counsel regarding all State legislative matters. Duarte started her career as an Associate Attorney for a Chicago, Illinois, based boutique law firm, where she represented clients in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, construction law, and zoning and land use.

Duarte, who was born and raised in Chicago, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. 

Lisa Duarte - Cornerstone Government Affairs

In her new role, as Vice President at Cornerstone Government Affairs, Duarte will bring her experience at the top of local government to the firm’s clients across the region, as well as support the firm’s growing regional footprint. Founded in 2002, Cornerstone Government Affairs currently has 9 offices across the US, hosting the firm’s more than 50 senior professionals. Its Chicago hub opened its door in 2012.

“The addition of Lisa to our Chicago team will prove invaluable to our clients,” says Michael Forde, Senior Consultant at the firm. “Her ability to assist us both with policymakers locally and in Springfield will significantly strengthen our reach and depth.”

Duarte says that she is “delighted” to join Cornerstone and that she looks forward to help grow the firm in Chicago and Springfield. She adds: “Their reputation and effectiveness, and their focus on teamwork, was exactly what I was looking for as I contemplated moving to the private sector.”

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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.