Women’s Financial Adviser Group unveils 2005 awards

The annual search is on to find the UKs top women advisers.

This year, new award categories are being offered to reflect the Groups wider membership. The five categories are: best woman IFA (including WOM), best multitied, tied and mortgage advisers, and best female paraplanner.

Successful candidates will demonstrate technical and professional excellence, and show that they truly are at the leading edge of their field.

They will be holistic in their client work, high producers and have a balance in their life in general. In short, they will be an inspiration to others.

Prizes include a luxury holiday for two at a Mediterranean health spa, a day at the Sanctuary in London and a made-to-measure, designer suit.

Candidates can be nominated by colleagues or clients, or they can enter themselves. Nominations close on 10th October and entries close on October 17 2005. Full information is available on the WFG website, www.wfa-group.co.uk

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London on 27th January 2006. Tickets and tables are available through the website.

Fiona Price, founder and chairperson of WFG, says: “This years awards are a major development for the Group.

“We have taken the bold step of opening our membership to all denominations of advisers, rather than just IFAs.

“And we have new award categories as a result. Women advisers are doing a fantastic job, benefiting the sector and clients alike and I am delighted that our awards continue to raise their profile.

“We are looking forward to receiving a record number of nominations and entries this year.”

The award is sponsored by AXA (lead sponsor for the second year), Thinc Destini, Scottish Equitable (sponsoring for the third year), Birmingham Midshires and Capita SIP Services.

Alison Burns, director of intermediary sales at AXA Life and Pensions, says: “The new extended award categories give us the chance to celebrate the very best of women advisers across the whole sector. We are delighted to involved for a second time.”

Saran Allot-Davey, winner in 2003, says: “Entering the award and going through the judging process was a real learning experience and worthwhile in itself. Winning was just fabulous and has transformed my working life.”