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Award follows year of tragedy

Paradigm Norton financial planning manager Lin Ashurst overcame a year of tragedy to win the Woman IFA of the Year title.

She received the Women’s Financial Adviser Group award just a year after her husband Robert’s death from cancer. Her boss, Norton Partners’ founder David Norton, also died from cancer just a few weeks later.

Ashurst, who has been an adviser for 21 years, was nominated for the award by Paradigm Norton managing director Barry Horner. He recognised her commitment as being beyond the call of duty to help keep the firm going when David Norton’s health was deteriorating.

Norton had lined up Paradigm Capital Management to acquire the firm, upon being diagnosed with cancer, and the deal eventually went through on April 1 last year to form Paradigm Norton.

She says: “David was only 54, just when he could have started taking his foot off the accelerator. It was such a shame. He already had a relationship with Paradigm and trusted their approach.

“I had no idea that I might win. The competition is very tough. Even when I spent the day being interviewed with the judges, they gave noth- ing away. I thought that the runner-up had a very good chance, so when they ann- ounced her as a runner-up, I thought I had blown it.”

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