Mazars grows UK leadership with seven new partners

20 October 2014

Accountancy and advisory firm Mazars has appointed seven new partners in the UK. The appointments have been made across a range of markets and services, including financial services, public services, privately-owned businesses, and specialist service areas such as tax and corporate finance.

An overview of the new partners:

Rob Burton – Corporate Finance: Burton is a corporate finance specialist based in the Leeds office, focusing on owner managed businesses. He joined Mazars in 2005 and has made a significant contribution to the corporate finance practice in the North West and nationally.

Mike Clarkson – Public Services advisory: Clarkson joined the firm in February following the acquisition of Deloitte’s public sector internal audit business. Clarkson works with local government clients and health organisations across the South East.

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Romy Comiter – Financial Services advisory: Comiter has led the firm’s insurance consultancy team since she joined in 2011. Based in London, she specialises in information technology, financial analysis, and regulatory compliance.

Ali Kazimi – Financial Services Tax: Kazimi is a senior tax professional with over twenty years’ experience in the financial services industry. He joins Mazars from Deloitte where he was Managing Director and Head of International Tax for their Middle East and North Africa business.

Darius Medora – Financial Services advisory: Medora joined Mazars in 2012 and is a member of the Governance, Risk and Internal Control team in London. He has 15 years of experience working in the insurance sector. Prior to joining Mazars, he held a senior position with the Friends Life Group.

Melanie Orriss – Tax: Orriss joins the firm after 11 years at Baker Tilly. She is a business tax specialist with many years of experience advising family and owner-managed businesses. Orriss began her career at PwC and has also held roles at BDO and the Beckett Group.


Paul Rouse – National Creditor Services: Rouse joined the firm in 2006 to help build the National Creditor Services (NCS) team. Following the purchase of PwC's volume bankruptcy business in 2011, NCS has grown to become one of the market leaders in bankruptcy services. Paul works from the London and Gloucester offices.

With the additions, Mazars now has 128 partners in the UK, responsible for a total staff of over 1,500 professionals. “The firm has experienced very encouraging growth this year, which we’re determined to build on. Investing in the best talent in key areas is vital to keeping the momentum going. The new partners all have considerable expertise and experience, and are absolutely committed to delivering the highest level of service that our clients have come to expect. I am delighted to welcome them,” says Phil Verity, UK Senior Partner.


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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.