KPMG senior partner Andrew Vials joins Grant Thornton

26 August 2014

Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has appointed Andrew Vials as the new Head of its National Assurance Services (NAS) practice. Vials joins from counterpart KPMG, where he spent the past 28 years, in his last role as Senior Partner.

Andrew Vials is a veteran in the professional service industry. He joined KPMG in 1985, and over the past years fulfilled several management roles. For the last ten years Vials served as Senior Technical Partner, prior to that he was an Audit Partner at the Financial Services Practice of the Big 4 firm. Between 2007 to 2013 he also served as a member of the IASB's IFRS Interpretations Committee. Vials has a Bachelor degree in Law from the University College London.

As of the 1st of July Vials has decided to exchange KPMG for rival Grant Thornton, where he has been appointed as the new head of its so-called National Assurance Services (NAS) practice. Based in Grant Thornton's Euston office he will lead a team of approximately 35 people providing technical support and advice on financial and corporate reporting issues to all of the firm's service lines.

Andrew Vials - Mark Cardiff - Grant Thornton

“We warmly welcome Andrew Vials to Grant Thornton as the new UK Head of NAS,” says Mark Cardiff, Head of Audit at Grant Thornton. “Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience both in the technical field, including six years as a member of the IASB's IFRS Interpretations Committee, and from his previous role as a client facing partner in the Financial Services industry.”

Vials adds: "I am delighted to be joining Grant Thornton at a time when significant changes in reporting and regulation bring both many opportunities and challenges.”


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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.