KPMG adds 102 directors in UK, one-third are female

13 October 2014

Accounting and consulting firm KPMG has announced the promotion of 102 directors in the UK. With the latest round of promotions the total number of directors in the Big 4 professional services firm stands at 871 – a 13% increase from 2013. 

“Across the full spectrum of audit, tax and advisory services such as M&A and strategy, I am confident that this year’s director promotions further strengthens our position to address the business issues and opportunities our clients want to tackle most,” says Colm Coffey, UK Head of People at KPMG. A fifth of the new directors are based in KPMG’s Audit practice, according to Coffey a reflection of the “tremendous success the firm has enjoyed in securing high profile tenders” such as Unilever and Royal Mail.” 

KPMG adds 102 directors in UK

In line with its objective to boost diversity in its senior ranks, the accounting and consulting firm has revealed that one-third of the newly promoted directors are women, bringing the total share of female directors up to around 25% of the population. “The ratio of female directors is a positive sign for the future make up of our partnership; which currently stands at 15% women,” explains Coffey. Although he is overall pleased with past years’ performance, he does however acknowledge that there still is a long way to go. “We need to ensure we pull down the barriers that prevent anyone from fulfilling their potential and reaching the highest levels of our business.”

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Recently KPMG also announced the appointment of new 52 partners: 29 were promoted from within the firm, while 23 partners were attracted from outside. Professional services rival EY promoted more partners, 68, although a smaller percentage was female (13; 20%).


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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.