L&P Awards wrap up a year’s worth of winners
The great and the good of the pension and protection industry came together last week for the Financial Adviser Life & Pensions Awards 2012.
Hosted by Gill Cardy of the IFA Centre, the event was held at the exclusive Sartoria restaurant on London’s Saville Row.
Winners across the provider categories were chosen by the readers of Financial Adviser, while IFA award winners were nominated by their peers before being shortlisted.
These were then judged individually by chartered financial planner and business consultant Dr Peter Williams, and Gavin Tisshaw, chairman of IFA firm Executive Advisory Services.
A closely fought contest saw Sarah Fullaway of Oviso and Roy McLoughlin of Master Adviser becoming joint winners of the protection IFA of the year award.
Jo Roberts of Needanadviser.com won the individual pension/Sipp IFA award, while Craig Harrison of Creative Benefits picked up the group pension of the year award, with the judges praising Mr Harrison’s wide knowledge.
Welsh-based Sanlam Private Health’s Kate Jayden beat her colleague Daniel Williams to the newly qualified IFA of the year award by just half a point, with the judges noting the company’s continued good work in developing the next generation of advisers, while Old Mill Financial Planning tasted success with the small life and pensions firm award.
Surrey-based Chapters Financial was named the best online IFA, and was commended in the small life and pensions award. Director Keith Churchouse said he was “thrilled” with the win, adding: “This is one of the best ceremonies around, and is testament to the growing professionalism in our industry”.
Elsewhere, The Lighthouse Group picked up the large life and pensions firm award for the third year running. Chief executive Malcolm Streatfield said: “This is a testament to the ongoing hard work undertaken by the Lighthouse team throughout the year, especially given the constantly changing regulatory landscape of our industry.”
Among providers, Aviva dominated the pack, picking up the life assurance, term assurance, conventional annuity, and protection provider awards; while Scottish Life won the personal pension, group pension and pension provider of the year awards.
Legal & General was the critical illness cover provider of the year, Unum won the income protection award, Bupa won the best health insurance provider, MetLife picked up the third way annuity award, while Standard Life won the income drawdown and Sipp provider awards.