HR consultancy Hay Group adds senior leaders in China

16 September 2014

Global consulting firm Hay Group has announced two senior appointments in China. Lawrence Wong, who joins from Accenture, has been named Managing Director of Greater China, while Grace Chen has been promoted to Managing Director of Mainland China.

Lawrence Wong has around 30 years’ working experience in the consulting industry and private sector. Prior to joining Hay Group, Wong was a Managing Director at Accenture, leading the Digital & Analytics practice in Greater China. During his 4+ years with Accenture, he managed a consulting team of 170+ professionals focusing on Analytics, SCM, BPM and Change Management. Before his spell with Accenture he gained extensive management and operational experience in IT, CRM, HR, Finance and SCM.

“I’m excited to take on the role of Managing Director at Hay Group China. The top leaders in China are increasingly looking for innovative solutions against challenges in this changing business environment, with our unrivalled expertise in Management Consulting and Global Perspective, we are fully prepared to contribute our intelligence in a new way. I look forward to working closely with Hay Group teams to continue developing our world-class solutions and offering to fully meet with clients’ high standards and fast-evolving needs,” says Wong.

Hay Group adds senior leaders in China

Grace Chen has been practicing human resource management in China since 1997. She spent the past 14 years with Hay Group China, working with managers of international clients and leading Chinese companies on a wide range of management and HR topics. Chen in addition is an active contributor to business columns and a sought after business speaker in China, offering insights on topics such as leadership transformation, Mergers & Acquisitions and organisational effectiveness.

“Hay Group is now on the journey to transform our 70 years’ intellectual property into new technology like mobile apps – Activate and E-Commerce. I am confident that Wong’s vast working experience in China, especially his expertise in IT, marketing and HR, augmented with Grace’s expertise and deep understanding of Hay Group methodology will make a great addition to our team,” comments Tharuma Rajah, Hay Group Global Managing Director for Fast Growing Markets.


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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.