Unbiased announces the winners of the Trusted Professional Awards

Read on to discover the winners of the first Unbiased Trusted Professional Awards

27 Nov 2020

  • Unbiased announces the winners of the Trusted Professional Awards
  • Winners announced in online ceremony on 26th November
  • The first Trusted Professional Awards celebrated outstanding service from financial advisers, mortgage brokers and accountants
  • Entrants nominated by clients and peers
  • Antony Cotchobos of Aurum Capital wins the Unbiased Excellence Award

Unbiased, which matches people and businesses with trusted professionals, hosted the inaugural Trusted Professional Awards on 26th November. The online event celebrated excellence among financial advisers, mortgage brokers and accountants, while highlighting the vital role of independent advice.

Awards went to professionals who have delivered the most exceptional customer experiences throughout the year. There were awards in each advice category, along with further gongs for innovation and consumer-focused journalism, plus a grand prize in the form of the Unbiased Excellence Award.

Picked by the general public

To ensure that the Trusted Professional Awards genuinely reflect consumer confidence, nominees were put forward by the advice clients themselves. Clients nominated advisers who have delivered more than expected, taken extra care of their interests, explained things very well, shown flexibility, developed a good rapport with them, or simply demonstrated good value for money.

The award winners 

Unbiased Excellence Award

Antony Cotchobos, Aurum Capital London

Antony received a particularly high number of nominations from his clients, one of whom was Olabisi. After some disappointing advice experiences in the past, Olabisi had turned to Unbiased to find an independent financial adviser, and ended up truly impressed. He especially praised Antony's clarity and transparency, appreciating the way the adviser presented multiple alternative options and explained the features of each one. Summing up his experience, he said, "With Antony, I always had the feeling he was working for me. A very positive, really professional experience."

Financial Adviser of the Year

Mary Hemingway, Truly Independent

Mary came to the rescue of Shaun, who feared he might have lost all the pension saved up in his SIPP. "She was really helpful. Without Mary, we would have been flat broke.’ says Shaun.

Mortgage Broker of the Year

Sheena Lalsingh, The Mortgage Clinic

Sam and his partner were looking for their first house. He says, "I wouldn't have known where to start without Sheena. She talked us through the whole process – even taking questions at 9pm!"

Accountant of the Year

Ian Marlow, HFM Tax & Accounts

Ian helped out Patrick following a significant life change, steering him through "a stressful maze of complex tax problems" to prevent big losses and deliver real peace of mind.

Exceptional Innovation Award

Thomas Skinner, Barnaby Cecil

Nominated by fellow professionals for his ingenious WealthMap tool, Thomas Skinner offers a new spin on financial planning that gets people genuinely enthused about their options while crafting personalised solutions.

Karen Barrett, CEO and founder of Unbiased, said, "Once again, let me extend huge congratulations to all our winners at the first Trusted Professional Awards. Competition was extremely fierce, so to be recognised in such a strong field is outstanding. My thanks also go to everyone who entered, and to all those who took the time to nominate their professional and tell their advice story."

"Though 2020 has imposed some unprecedented challenges on everyone, this has only made us more determined to celebrate the role of advice through these awards. At a time of such uncertainty, expert advice can be a lifeline. Through our nominations we've heard first-hand accounts of how advice can save people from financial disaster, or help them achieve ambitious goals such as buying a first home. Even in a year like this one, big decisions still need to be made. If we can achieve one thing through these awards, then I hope it is to spread the message of the value of advice a little wider."


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