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Short lists revealed for WFG awards

The Women’s Financial Adv-iser Group has unveiled the short lists for its Women Of The Year awards.

This year’s awards include four new categories – multi-tied, tied, mortgage adviser and paraplanner of the year – alongside IFA of the Year.

The candidates encompass a variety of backgrounds, with nominees’ ages ranging from 30 to 50 and a significant number having worked as advisers for over 10 years.

MDM Associates’ Lisanne Mealing makes the IFA of the year short list for the second consecutive year and Barclays Financial Planning has two representatives – Elaine Ford and Kate Nield – on the multi-tied adviser short list.

All nominees in the IFA category are AFPC-qualified and some are also certified financial planners. Many in the multi-tied and tied categories are also AFPC-qualified.

Mortgage advisers in most cases have more than the required qualifications.

The mortgage short list for the awards includes OFM Group adviser Dawn Butler and Thinc Destini Financial Consultancy Katja Mills.

Heron House Financial Management is represented again, this year by paraplanner Julie Wyn Davies, who hopes to repeat the success of managing director Saran Allott-Davey, who won the IFA of the Year award last year.

Judge and Hornbuckle Mit-chell director Viv Belcher says: “The quality of entrants has again been outstanding. It has been uplifting so see this across all the new cat- egories as well as with the IFA award and also the diversity of entrants.”

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