EY & Booz consultants obtain US Administration posts

09 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

The US President Obama has recently appointed two professionals of EY and Booz Allen Hamilton to key administration posts. Orlan Boston, a Principal at EY, has been named Member of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations and Reginald Van Lee, Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Every year, President Obama appoints dozens of individuals with different backgrounds* to fulfil pro bono positions for the US Administration. These so-called key Administration posts include positions on Advisory Boards, Boards of Governors or Trustees, and on several Councils.

Recently, President Obama unveiled several new appointments, including two professionals of consulting firms: Orlan Boston from EY, and Reginald Van Lee from Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Orlan Boston - EY

Orlan Boston, a Principal at EY, will take on the role of Member of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations (USO). The USO is a non-profit, congressionally chartered, private organization organisation that is established to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families and to strengthen resilience by offering a variety of programs and services. The USO is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress, and the President of the United States, who acts as the Honorary Chairman.

Boston has been a Partner and the Lead of the Americas Transaction Advisory Services Life Sciences Sector at EY since 2012. Before this, he was a Partner at Deloitte between 1997 and 2012. In addition to working at consulting firms, Boston has held several other positions, including Executive Vice President Corporate Development at an internet start-up. He has also acted as a Member of the Board of Directors of the NYC LGBT Community Center and is the Founder of the Center Young Leaders Council. 

Reginald van Lee

Reginald Van Lee, Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Washington DC location, will serve as a General Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center. This centre of performing arts produces and presents theatre, dance, ballet, and a variety of music performances.

Van Lee has worked at Booz Allen Hamilton since 1984, and became a Partner in 1993 and Senior Partner in 2003. Van Lee has taken on several pro bono positions in the Arts industry, and was first appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2013. Currently, he acts, among others, as the Chairman of the Washington Performing Arts Society, Vice-Chair of the board of the Washington Ballet, Trustee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation and the Studio Museum in Harlem, Board Member of the MAC AIDS Fund, and Chairman Emeritus of the board of the Evidence Dance Company.

“The extraordinary dedication these men bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people.  I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” comments President Obama on the appointments.

* People that are appointed come from, among others, commercial businesses, consulting firms, non-profit organisations and the media sector.

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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.