Revealed: All the winners at the Women in Financial Advice Awards 2018

    A big night for Tilney

    Tilney Group Chartered financial planner Eliana Sydes (pictured, left) was named Financial Adviser of the Year at the inaugural Women in Financial Advice Awards on Wednesday evening at a gala dinner attended by almost 500 finance professionals.

    In a good night for Tilney, Manchester office managing partner Ann-Marie Atkins won the North of England Adviser category while investment director Caroline Connell was named Woman of the Year – Investment. The full 2018 roll of honour can be seen below.

    The Women in Financial Advice awards have been created by Retirement Planner and its sister publications Cover and Professional Adviser to celebrate the achievements of women working within the financial advice community as well as the broader financial services sector.

    The awards attracted more than 800 nominations – a number that far surpassed the organisers’ expectations – from which 26 shortlists totalling some 150 names were eventually reached. It was then up to the almost 30-strong panel of judges to make some difficult decisions to select the winners. The awards split into three broad categories – financial advice; broader financial services; and ‘open’.

    ‘Maximise potential’

    Introducing the evening, Professional Adviser editor Julian Marr said: “Right from the start, we have been very clear these awards are not about ‘men versus women’ or whether a particular gender is more suited to a career or role in financial services – they are simply about recognising and celebrating the contributions of women in a sector where they continue to be under-represented.

    “In highlighting the achievements of women already in financial advice or the wider financial services world, as well as recognising those who help to maximise the potential of women or are striving to bring about a more appropriate gender balance, the Women In Financial Advice Awards aims to help inspire more women to work in an already dynamic sector that, nevertheless, stands a long way short of fulfilling its true potential.”

    The full 2018 roll of honour is …

    Financial advice categories

    Financial Adviser of the Year 

    Eliana Sydes, Tilney Group

    HC: Sonia Wheeler, Essential Wealth Management


    Financial Adviser of the Year – London

    Henrietta Oxlade, Radcliffe & Newlands

    HC: Helen Howcroft, Equanimity IFA


    Financial Adviser of the Year – Midlands & East Anglia

    Hayley Tink, Almary Green Investments


    Financial Adviser of the Year – North of England

    Ann-Marie Atkins, Tilney Group


    Financial Adviser of the Year – Scotland & Northern Ireland

    Jayne Gibson, Insight.Out Financial

    HC: Lesley Mackintosh, Independent Women


    Financial Adviser of the Year – South East

    Sonia Wheeler, Essential Wealth Management

    HC: Kerry Nelson, Nexus IFA


    Financial Adviser of the Year – South West & Wales

    Eliana Sydes, Tilney Group

    HC: Sian Thomas , Hargreaves Lansdown


    Investment Adviser of the Year

    Susannah M Gray, SORBUS Partners


    Paraplanner of the Year

    Sheetal Patel, Canaccord Genuity Financial Planning


    Retirement Planner of the Year

    Julie Lavers, A V Trinity


    Protection Adviser of the Year

    Poonam Khan, Lifesearch

    HC: Krystle Skelton, Cura Financial Services


    Mortgage Adviser of the Year (inc Equity Release)

    Nicola Dugan, London and Country Mortgages


    Financial services categories


    Woman of the Year – Investment

    Caroline Connell, Tilney Group


    Woman of the Year – Retirement

    Kate Smith, Aegon

    HC: Karen Phillips, JLT Wealth Management


    Woman of the Year – Protection

    Rose St Louis, Zurich

    HC: Vicky Churcher, AIG Life

    HC: Emma Thomson, LifeSearch


    Woman of the Year – Mortgages (inc Equity Release)

    Sarah Grace, Sarah Grace Mortgage


    Woman of the Year – Platforms

    Verona Smith, Seven Investment Management

    HC: Caroline Miller, Standard Life


    Woman of the Year – Fintech

    Samantha Seaton, Moneyhub

    HC: Philippa Hann, Clarke Willmott


    Woman of the Year – Adviser Support Services

    Cathi Harrison, Para-Sols

    HC: Farida Hassanali, Jarrovian Wealth


    Woman of the Year – In-house Ad Support

    Andrea Solana, MASECO Private Wealth

    HC: Marie Calvin, 1825 Financial Planning

    HC: Amanda Curwood, LifeSearch


    ‘Open’ categories


    Mentor of the Year

    Marian Evans, CFS


    Role Model of the Year

    Louise Oliver, Piercefield Oliver

    HC: Hayley Tink, Almary Green Investments


    Rising Star

    Laura Thursfield, Mazars Financial Planning


    Team Leader of the Year

    Hayley North, Rose & North

    HC: Jo Campbell, Para-Sols

    HC: Fiona Oliver, Partners Wealth Management


    Most Inspiring Returner

    Cathi Harrison, Para-Sols


    Social Media Influencer of the Year

    Kathryn Knowles, Cura Financial Services

    HC: Rose St Louis, Zurich


    Contribution to Gender Diversity

    Nucleus Financial

    HC: Jane Goodland, Quilter