Andrea Bishop new Lead Partner of BDO in Bristol

14 October 2014

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has appointed Andrea Bishop as Lead Partner of its South West region. Bishop succeeds Graham Randall, who led the firm for the past two and a half years.

Under Randall’s leadership, BDO has grown strongly recently, to a 160-strong team based in Bristol. Following his decision to refocus on growing the firm's insolvency and restructuring practice, BDO has appointed Andrea Bishop, an experienced audit partner who has been at the firm for 10 years, to take on the role of Lead Partner.

Prior to joining BDO, Bishop spent 10 years at EY and a year working at the CBI in London with the then Director-General, Sir Digby Jones. She has significant experience of working with large corporates and international businesses, as well as fast growth firms in the technology sector. Commenting on her appointment, Bishop says: "I am delighted to take over the leadership of our full service office in Bristol. Within the last 18 months our partner numbers have trebled, our Global Outsourcing team has doubled in size and there have been a raft of new appointments in our Audit, Tax and Corporate Finance divisions.”


Going forward, Bishop expects to continue BDO’s growth in the region – aiming to increase staff numbers by 20%, to be accommodated by taking on an additional 6,000 square feet of space at its office in Bridgewater House. “As the recovery takes hold, the market has opened itself up to new opportunities for both our client base and our people.”

“Andrea is perfectly placed to lead our team. With the support of a highly respected partnership and the dedication of the hugely talented people at BDO, I'm confident that she will continue to build upon the firm's success in the region," says Randall. 


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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.