Here they are – the winners of the second annual Professional Pensions Rising Star Awards...
The awards aim to celebrate the emerging talent in pensions - recognising and identifying the sector's future leaders as well as shining the spotlight on the organisations and individuals that are helping develop and foster new talent in the industry.
Professional Pensions had an exceptional response to these awards - receiving hundreds of nominations and entry forms.
This year's accolades were presented online this afternoon. To view the ceremony and find out more about the awards, visit: http://events.professionalpensions.com/risingstarawards
A big thank you to all the judges of this year's PP Rising Star Awards!
- Lesley Carline, president of the Pensions Management Institute
- Anna Copestake, partner at Arc Pensions Law
- Caroline Escott, senior investment manager at RPMI Railpen
- Alison Hatcher, global head of pensions client strategy at HSBC Asset Management
- Girish Menezes, head of administration at Premier Pensions
- Julian Mund, chief executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
- James Riley, president of the Society of Pension Professionals and partner at Isio
- Simon Rusling, partner and head of marketing at Barnett Waddingham
- Rona Train, partner at Hymans Robertson
- Michael Watkins, head of proposition development at Smart Pension
- David Weeks co-chair of the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees
The Professional Pensions Rising Star Awards 2020 were supported by a range of industry organisations. A huge thank you to:
- Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
- Pensions Management Institute
- The Association of Consulting Actuaries
- The Society of Pension Professionals
The winners of this year's awards are:
Rising Star of the Year
Winner: Chintan Gandhi, Aon
Trainee of the Year
Winner: Fan Jia, PwC
Pensions Manager of the Year
Winner: Dzung Bale, British American Tobacco
Highly Commended: Rachel Murphy, Mercer
Trustee of the Year
Winner: Julia Yates, 20-20 Trustees
Adviser of the Year
Winner: Andy Lewis, Travers Smith
Highly Commended: Sarah Keighley, XPS Pensions Group
Actuarial / Advisory Trainee of the Year
Winner: Laasya Shekaran, LCP
Administrator of the Year
Winner: Nigel Milward, UNISON Staff Pension Scheme
Administration Trainee of the Year
Winner: Lauren Williams, Barnett Waddingham
Investment Manager of the Year
Winner: Kristina Branum-Burns, Universities Superannuation Scheme
Excellence in Customer Service and Communication Award
Winner: Richard Goldring, Smart Pension
Mentor of the Year
Winner: Azka Ali, Mercer
Team of the Year *** NEW FOR 2020 ***
Winner: 20-20 Trustees Team
Highly Commended: Pinsents Masons Pensions Team
Social Media Personality of the Year *** NEW FOR 2020 ***
Winner: Tess Page, Mercer
*** ORGANISATIONAL AWARD *** Award for Supporting Development
*** ORGANISATIONAL AWARD *** Training Scheme of the Year
Winner: Fidelity International
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