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Search to find top woman IFA

The Women&#39s IFA Group is launching a search for the outstanding woman IFA in the UK.

The competition will be judged in several rounds over the next six months and the winner will be announced in November at a dinner for 250 people in London.

The winner will have to demonstrate applied technical knowledge as well as strengths in analytical thinking, interpersonal skills, marketing and self-management and job performance.

Members of the judging panel include Wig chairwoman Fiona Price, Financial Mail on Sunday editor Jeff Prestridge, Which? magazine head of money research Ashley Sharpe, Aegon head of industry development Peter Williams and Holden Meehan director Amanda Davidson.

Nominations may be made by colleagues, clients, friends or the candidates themselves. All applications should be made via the Wig website before June 10.

Entrants will have to provide their CV and submit a 500-word brief about themselves and their work. Successful candidates will be put through their paces in a two-hour interview and assessment in July.

The short list of candidates will be announced at the end of September and final interviews by a panel will take place in October.

Around £20,000 has been raised for this event through sponsorship. Financial consultant Hanover Search and Selection is offering a luxury holiday for two to the winner.

Scottish Equitable and PIMS are sponsoring the presentation dinner which will take place in November.

Wig launched in September with the aim of encouraging the development of women IFAs. It currently has 450 members.

Price says: “This is a major new initiative for women IFAs. This award will provide a necessary boost to women IFAs by recognising the excellence demonstrated by their achievements.”

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