WFG promotes girl power: 2005 nominations open

The annual search is on to find the UK’s top women advisers. This year, award categories are being offered to reflect the Women’s Financial Adviser Group’s wider membership.

The five categories are: best woman IFA; 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. Full information is available on the WFG website.

Nominations close on 10th October and entries close on 17th October, 2005.

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

Fiona Price, founder and chairperson of WFG, says: “This year’s 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, Thinc Destini, Scottish Equitable, 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.”

Viv Belcher, winner in 2001, says: “Winning was a tremendous endorsement of my philosophy and the way I do business. I have gained new clients, met top people and now have a voice in our profession, as a result.”

Yvonne Goodwin, winner in 2002, says: “The award gave me confidence I didn’t have before. It raised my career ambitions and expectations too and it was also a fantastic opportunity to gauge myself against my fellow women advisers.”

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.”