Josh White joins KPMG Competition Economics Practice

18 August 2014

The Competition Economics Practice of KPMG has recently added Josh White to its team. White joins from Analysis Group and will be based in KPMG’s Canary Wharf office.

In January 2011 KPMG decided to setup a Competition Economics Practice, a unit that provides economics advisory to clients in both the private and public sector. Under the leadership of Nicola Mazzarotto, formerly head of policy analysis at the UK’s Competition Commission, the practice has grown strongly to the current 20 competition economists. Recent additions include Maria Maher, who joined in February this year from counterpart AlixPartners, and Claudio Calcagno, who previously worked in the chief economist's team at DG Competition.

Josh White - Nicola Mazzarotto - Maria Maher - Claudio Calcagno

Last month the recruitment drive has been extended with the appointment of Josh White, who joins as an Associate Director. White has more than 10 years of experience as an economic consultant, most recently as a Senior Economist at Analysis Group in Montreal, where he specialised in applying microeconomics and econometric modelling techniques to address complex litigation and competition questions. His primary focus revolved around the financial services and technology sectors. White holds an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Socio-political Economics from Boston University.

“I am very excited to be joining KPMG’s rapidly growing team of competition economists,” says White. “The use of big data and demand for ever more advanced econometric techniques in competition investigations and follow-on antitrust damages cases continues to grow, and this is a great opportunity for KPMG to continue to be a market leader in these highly quantitative fields.”

Nicola Mazzarotto, head of the unit, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Josh to the team. He is an experienced econometrician and competition economist, and he brings additional experience in the areas of modelling and quantitative techniques, which are core components of KPMG’s competition economics practice.”


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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.