Ex KPMG and Accenture partner Herman Heyns joins EY

08 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

EY has appointed Herman Heyns as the lead partner of its Big Data and Analytics services line in the UK. Heyns worked the past 2,5 years as a self-employed consultant, and prior to that he held leading roles at among others KPMG, Accenture and Deloitte.

Herman Heyns has mre than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry. After graduating from the University of Pretoria (South-Africa), he joined Deloitte in 1990, where he started his career in the Audit function. Three years later Heyns moved to Accenture, where he eventually spent 15 years. In his last roles he, as a partner, led Accenture’s Finance Practice in the UK and headed the Enterprise Performance Management practice in Europe. Early 2008 he exchanged Accenture for KPMG, where he acted as Head of the firm’s European Business Intelligence Practice.

EY - Big Data

Following a period of 2,5 years working as a self-employed consultant (‘Heyns Advisory’), Heyns has now decided to rejoin the consulting industry. At his new employer, EY, he will lead the Big Data and Analytics services line in the UK. “I am thrilled to be joining an already market leading team. The use of Big Data and Analytics has revolutionised the way organisations gain real insights that help them improve their performance and manage risk. Our aim is to help clients across the board to leverage analytics to transform their businesses, make informed decisions and achieve sustainable growth,” says Heyns.

Steve Wilkinson, Managing Partner UK & Ireland says: “I'm delighted to welcome Herman to EY. He brings great passion and expertise in this field and I am confident that he will be a great catalyst in bringing together and growing our already great capabilities in this area.”

Herman Heyns - Steve Wilkinson

EY investing in analytics
Heyns’ appointment reconfirms EY’s aggressive growth plans in the area of Big Data and Analytics. The firm has recently been ramping up its capabilities in the domain through a large recruitment drive, and at a global level EY last month revealed that it had committed a massive $500 million to boost its Big Data and Analytics offerings. The money will mainly be spent on establishing a Global Analytics Centre of Excellence (COE), building internal skills through training & development and on acquisitions of specialist firms.


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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.