The Women's IFA Group has drawn up a short list of 10 for its IFA Woman of the Year award after getting 61 entries.
The 10 advisers will go through to the next round of judging. The majority of women on the short list own their own businesses, five brought their partners into the business and all 10 have the AFPC qualification.
Five women will be selected from the short list for the final round in October when they will be interviewed by a panel of judges, including Which? head of money research Ashleye Sharpe, Financial Mail on Sunday journalist Jeff Prestridge and Aifa director of policy and technical services Fay Goddard.
The prize for the winner is a holiday for two at a health spa and hotel on Ischia in the Mediterranean. The award will be presented at a gala dinner for 250 at Canary Wharf in London on November 14.
Wig has set up eight regional branches in the past two months throughout England and Scotland.
Founder and chairwoman Fiona Price says: “The award represents a major breakthrough for women IFAs in the UK.
“Men currently make up 95 per cent of the IFA population and the average age is over 50, so it does not take much imagination to see a future which has a much bigger female representation. The calibre of entrants has been outstanding.”
IFA WOMAN OF THE YEAR SHORT LIST
Saran Allott-Davey Heron House Financial Management, Newport
Viv Belcher Hornbuckle Mitchell Group, Cheshire
Elaine Birch Grosvenor Birch Financial, Southampton
Chrissie Harding Harding Roberts & Co, Cheshire
Julie Lord Cavendish Financial Management, Cardiff
Lydia Molyneux Molyneux & Associates, Cambridgeshire
Joan Neal Jacobs Neal Associates, Devon
Marlene Sharlton Chambers Morgan James, Cardiff
Jenni Turco IFA Partnership, Somerset
Petronella West Investment Quorum, London