Eric Speer heads Towers Watson Risk Consulting unit

16 September 2014

Global professional services company Towers Watson has per the 1st of September appointed Eric Speer as global leader of its Risk Consulting and Software business. Speer, who replaces Rory O’Brien, will be based in Towers Watson’s Stamford office in the U.S.

Eric Speer has worked for more than 25 years for Towers Watson, during which he has held a number of senior positions at the consulting firm – most recently he served as the head of the Americas region for Risk Consulting and Software practice. From January 2006 to present, he managed Towers Watson’s east division in the U.S. Speer specialises in strategy and human capital, focusing on insurance and financial services clients.

“Eric brings a wealth of experience to his new role, as well as an understanding of insurance industry dynamics. I’m delighted to have him join our segment’s leadership team,” says Tricia Guinn, Towers Watson’s Managing Director for the Risk and Financial Services unit. “I am optimistic about the opportunities for this business and looking forward to helping our clients tackle their most pressing business issues while also working with the RCS leadership team to drive profitable growth,” comments Speer on his new role.

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Speer replaces Rory O’Brien, who was appointed head of Risk Consulting and Software in 2011 shortly after joining Towers Watson through its acquisition of EMB, where he served as a Managing Partner. “It has been a privilege to lead Towers Watson’s Risk Consulting and Software business,” says O’Brien. “I’m really proud of what we have achieved over the past three years but feel I’ve reached a point in my career where I’m ready to embark on new challenges. I’m delighted to be leaving the business in the capable hands of the leadership team.”


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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.