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Unbiased Media Adviser Award 2013 winners

Unbiased winners
(Front row left to right) David Hollingworth, Alan Lakey, Scott Gallacher, Claire Walsh, Karen Barrett, Georgina Partridge, Patrick Connolly, James Mattam (on behalf of Jo Nockels)(Back row left to right) Alistair Cunningham, Tom McPhail, Minesh Patel has announced the winners of this year’s Media Adviser Awards with IFA of the year picked up by EA Financial Solutions managing director Minesh Patel.

The ninth annual Media Adviser Awards were presented in London last week in recognition of the work done by Bluebook media advisers to promote the value of advice.

Each category was judged by a panel of journalists, providers and industry specialists, led by chief executive Karen Barrett.

The judges award for outstanding achievement was picked up by Rowley Turton director Scott Gallacher and Bluebook Newcomer was awared to Pavillion Financial Services adviser Claire Walsh.

Barrett says: “Over the last year we have focused on highlighting the value of advice to consumers and this could not have been done without the help of our media advisers. Collectively, they have worked hard, giving their time and expertise to help keep financial and professional advice at the forefront of consumers’ minds. 

“While each category was closely contested, the winners represent those that have gone above and beyond to support the campaign.”

Walsh says: “Unbiased have helped make it very clear for people to find advisers and they are doing a lot to publicise the industry in general. The search function on the website is superb and allows people to find exactly the right kind of adviser for them.”

The full list of winners

IFA of the year: EA Financial Solutions managing director Minesh Patel
Runner-up: Hargreaves Lansdown head of advice Danny Cox

Pensions IFA of the year: Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail
Runner-up: Philippa Gee Wealth Management managing director Philippa Gee

Investment IFA of the year: AWD Chase de Vere head of communications Patrick Connolly
Runner-up: Bestinvest managing director of business development and communications Jason Hollands

Protection IFA of the year: Highclere Financial Services partner Alan Lakey
Runner-up: CareMatters head of care fee planning Lorreine Kennedy

Responsible investment IFA of the year: Ruth Whitehead Associates principal Ruth Whitehead
Runner-up: GAEIA Partnership financial adviser Olivia Bowen

Mortgage adviser of the year: London & Country head of communications David Hollingworth
Runner-up: John Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger

Social media adviser of the year: Wingate Financial Planning financial planning director Alistair Cunningham
Runner-up: Philippa Gee Wealth Management managing director Philippa Gee

Bluebook Newcomer: Pavillion Financial Services adviser Claire Walsh
Runner-up: HelenK Financial Advice Ltd director Helen Kanolik

Young IFA of the year: Plutus Wealth Management co-founder Georgina Partridge
Runner-up: EA Financial Solutions managing director Minesh Patel

‘Value of Advice’ ambassador: Plutus Wealth Management co-founder Georgina Partridge
Runner-up: EA Financial Solutions managing director Minesh Patel

Professional adviser of the year: TaxAssist Accountants training and communications manager Jo Nockels
Runner-up: Milford & Dormor Solicitors financial services manager Jonathan Hill

Judges award for outstanding achievement: Rowley Turton director Scott Gallacher

‘Value of Advice’ article of the year: The Mail on Sunday’s Richard Dyson
Runner-up: The Mail on Sunday’s Jeff Prestridge

Consumer advice article of the year: This is Money’s Lee Boyce
Runner-up: The Daily Telegraph’s Kara Gammell


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