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Who were the Unbiased Media Adviser Award winners?

Karen Barrett
Unbiased chief executive Karen Barrett. 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 night in recognition of the work done by Bluebook media advisers to promote the value of advice.

Each of the categories were 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.

Other winners were:

Pensions IFA of the year: Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail

Investment IFA of the year: AWD Chase de Vere head of communications Patrick Connolly

Protection IFA of the year: Highclere Financial Services partner Alan Lakey

Responsible investment IFA of the year: Ruth Whitehead Associates’ Ruth Whitehead

Mortgage adviser of the year: London & Country head of communications David Hollingworth

Social media adviser of the year: Wingate Financial Planning financial planning director Alistair Cunningham

Young IFA of the year: Plutus Wealth Management co-founder Georgina Partridge

‘Value of Advice’ ambassador: Plutus Wealth Management co-founder Georgina Partridge

Professional adviser of the year: TaxAssist Accountants training and communications manager Jo Nockels

‘Value of Advice’ article of the year: The Mail on Sunday’s Richard Dyson

Consumer advice article of the year: This is Money’s Lee Boyce

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.”


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  1. Ironic we spend time bashing the big firms ethics or structures pre & post RDR and yet they always pick up the awards. Is it because they are the ones who have to capacity and time to submit applications for these awards?

    Is it time these industry awards started to reflect the excellent work smaller businesses do for their clients, a bit like the annual honours list where more and more ordinary citizens are recognised for their good deeds?

  2. Steve O is right.

    These awards are only won by the same usual few firms who spend a lot of time and effort submitting these then using the award as a marketing gimmick to tell clients how great they are.

    I know cos I used to work for one of them!

  3. What a load of old tosh! Well done to the winners, but for the most part they are not practitioners… can a head of pensions research be ‘Pensions IFA of the year’?

  4. Although I won’t begrudge Alan Lakey his award!

  5. As the winner of the ‘Judges’ Award’ I would like to address a couple of Steve’s points with regards to these awards.

    1) Rather than advisers having to apply, Unbiased select the entrants. The only application is that having been selected we had to submit three of our published articles / comments and provide a short paragraph stating why we thought we should win.

    2) As for being only for big firms – my firm, Rowley Turton, is far from a big firm. We have two advisers, myself and the MD Alan Turton, two paraplanners and one administrator. In addition, I would suggest that over half of the advisers I spoke to at the awards evening were from small firms.

    I do acknowledge the point about larger firms being able to employ full time spokespeople.

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