This year I am pleased to have been chosen as one of four judges who will be deciding who wins Scottish Widows' third IFA Awards.
My colleagues and I will be recognising IFA talent in the following categories:
- Lifetime Achievement Award Honours the financial adviser who has offered the most to financial services over his or her life.
- Industry Initiative of the Year Award Rewards the financial adviser who has created a new initiative in financial services or championed a cause that will better the industry for consumers and/or intermediaries.
- IFA Newcomer Award Recognises the financial adviser newcomer (no more than three years as an adviser) who has made the biggest impact on the financial services industry since their arrival.
- Industry Personality of the Year Award Given to the financial adviser who has caught the imagination of consumers and/or intermediaries with key industry issues through a presence in the media, at conferences or in their day-to-day work.
The judging panel is selected to providing differing viewpoints on the IFA industry. My fellow judges are Tom Baigrie, CEO of Baigrie Davies LifeSearch, Nick Cann, CEO of IFP and Matt Ward, principal consultant for pensions & wealth management at Defaqto.
Ian Laverty, market relations manager at Scottish Widows, says: "We are really pleased to host these awards again in 2008. This is an excellent opportunity for IFA successes and achievements to be recognised and rewarded by people in the industry who are well placed to judge.”
This year the Awards are enhanced by a dedicated website www.scottishwidows.co.uk/widowsawards. The winners will be announced at a special dinner on October 3.
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