Oxera adds two academic experts to Economics Council

22 October 2014 Consultancy.uk

Economics consulting firm Oxera has recently appointed two new members to its Oxera Economics Council: Amelia Fletcher and Volker Nocke.

The so-called ‘Oxera Economics Council’ was launched in 2008 by research and consultancy firm Oxera, with the objective of “stretching the boundaries of economic thinking”. The Council currently consists of 11 members, who meet twice a year with Oxera and key policymakers to discuss the economic aspects of a broad range of issues. Previous topics discussed by the Council include: FRAND pricing obligations; competition in pharmaceuticals; state aid; behavioural economics and remedies; reform of EU energy and banking sectors; unilateral effects modelling, and the economics of margin squeeze in a competition law and regulatory context.

Oxera Economics Council

Driven by a strong demand for expertise on the German market and the financial services industry, the Council has earlier this month decided to bolster the team with two new members. Amelia Fletcher, who is Professor of Competition Policy at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy and Non-Executive Director at the Financial Conduct Authority, will contribute to risk regulation discussions in financial services. Volker Nocke, a Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim, will serve as the key expert for the German market.

“Amelia and Volker are outstanding and highly regarded academics with lots of practical and policy experience as well. They add depth in two areas where Oxera is growing particularly strongly, namely financial services and Germany,” says Oxera Partner Gunnar Niels.

An overview of the other members of the Oxera Economics Council:
- Sir John Vickers, Chair (All Souls College, Oxford)
- Walter Beckert (Birkbeck College, University of London)
- Estelle Cantillon (Université libre de Bruxelles)
- Eric van Damme (Tilburg University)
- Natalia Fabra (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
- Jordi Gual (Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona and IESE Business School, Barcelona)
- Bruno Jullien (Toulouse School of Economics)
- Patrick Legros (Université libre de Bruxelles)
- Carl Christian von Weizsäcker (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn) 

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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.