EY CEO Steve Varley in 1000 most influential Londoners

20 October 2014 Consultancy.uk

Steve Varley, UK & Ireland Chief Executive of accounting and consulting firm EY, has been named one of the 1,000 most influential people of London. George Osborne is according to the jury the most influential person in London, followed by city Mayor Boris Johnson and article intelligence entrepreneur Demis Hassabis.

For a number of years now the Evening Standard newspaper publishes, in association with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and the Francis Crick Institute, a list of the most influential people of London. The ranking, known as ‘The 1,000 most influential Londoners’, is compiled by independent jury – which consists of editors, critics and journalists. Winners are listed across in total 34 categories, including among others ‘tech stars’, ‘dance’, ‘sport’, ‘music’, ‘journalism’ and ‘medicine’.

1000 most influential Londoners 2014

In the category that highlights business and finance professionals (‘Capitalists’), the jury have listed more than 20 executives, of which the majority work in financial services (e.g. Bank of England, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclays, RBS, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group). The list also contains one representative from the consulting industry: Steve Varley, Chief Executive of EY in the UK & Ireland. For Varley it is the second prestigious recognition in just a week’s time – lately he was named a top 20 most influential ‘ally’ by OUTstanding in Business, a UK-based non-profit networking group that campaigns for LGBT rights in the workplace.

Steve Varley - EY

An overview of the top 20 most powerful Londoners (overall ranking):
1. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
2. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
3. Demis Hassabis, Deep Mind Technologies founder
4. Amal Clooney, Barrister
5. Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor
6. Theresa May, Home Secretary
7. Prince Harry
8. Sir Paul Nurse, Francis Crick Institute chief executive
9. Victoria Beckham, United Nations goodwill ambassador
10. David Cameron, Prime Minister
11. Sir Peter Hendy, Transport Commissioner
12. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner
13. Ed Miliband, Labour leader
14. Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate director
15. Andre Balazs, Chiltern Firehouse restaurateur and hotelier
16. Kate Bush, performer
17. José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
18. Stephen Hawking, scientist
19. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner
20. Benedict Cumberbatch, actor


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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.