The Personal Finance Society (PFS) has announced the winners of the 2012 PFS Chartered Awards at its annual conference in Birmingham.
The awards comprise seven categories, including the new award of paraplanner of the year.
Fay Goddard (pictured), chief executive of the PFS, said: "This year's winners saw stiff competition with the awards attracting a record number of entries and this is testament to the increasing focus on professionalism and raising standards within the financial planning sector.
"All the finalists in our individual chartered award serve as role models in the profession of financial planning and the final four firms in the corporate chartered category have each demonstrated their commitment and dedication to both the financial planning profession and the public.
"The judges had a hard task on their hands and I would like to personally congratulate both Hayley Tink and LIFT Financial on their well-deserved awards."
Chartered financial planner of the year: Hayley Tink, Almary Green
Chartered firm of the year: LIFT-Financial
Paraplanner of the year: Gemma Langlands
Highest achiever in diploma in financial planning: Myles Harrison
Highest achiever in advanced diploma in financial planning: Svenja Keller
John Ellis Award: Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE
Volunteers of the year: Russell Anderson and Simon Haydock
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