unbiased.co.uk announces the winners of its 2013 Media Awards

07 Feb 2013

unbiased.co.uk, the professional advice website, announces the winners of its ninth annual ‘Media Awards’, sponsored by Standard Life.  The awards recognise the hard work and contributions made by independent financial advisers, mortgage advisers, accountants and solicitors on the Bluebook, unbiased.co.uk’s directory for the media. 

The Bluebook connects personal finance journalists with media advisers who are ready and willing to provide insightful commentary and case studies showcasing the value of financial planning and professional advice for consumers.

The awards were presented at a drinks reception in London, last night. This year, two new awards were introduced to recognise outstanding articles, written by top personal finance journalists, highlighting the value of financial planning and professional advice to the consumer.

Each of the fourteen categories were judged by an expert panel including: journalists, product providers and industry specialists, and led by Karen Barrett, Chief Executive of unbiased.co.uk. The panel looked at all of the shortlisted advisers’ media work, press commentary and their engagement with unbiased.co.uk’s media services, to decide the winner of each category.  

The winners and runners up for each of the fourteen categories are:


IFA of the year (sponsored by The Association of Investment Companies)

Winner: Minesh Patel, EA Financial Solutions

Runner up: Danny Cox, Hargreaves Lansdown

Judges Award

Winner: Scott Gallacher, Rowley Turton (IFA) Ltd

Young IFA of the year (sponsored by Standards International)

Winner: Georgina Partridge, Plutus Wealth Management LLP

Runner up: Minesh Patel, EA Financial Solutions

Bluebook newcomer (sponsored by Hearthstone Investments)

Winner: Claire Walsh, Pavilion Financial Services

Runner up: Helen Kanolik, HelenK Financial Advice Ltd

Value of Advice ambassador (sponsored by Standard Life)

Winner: Georgina Partridge, Plutus Wealth Management LLP

Runner up: Minesh Patel, EA Financial Solutions

Social media adviser of the year (sponsored by AXA Wealth)

Winner: Alistair Cunningham, Wingate Financial Planning

Runner up: Philippa Gee, Philippa Gee Wealth Management

Mortgage adviser of the year (sponsored by Castle Trust)

Winner: David Hollingworth, London & Country Mortgages

Runner up: Ray Boulger, John Charcol

Professional adviser of the year (sponsored by Walker Crips)

Winner: Jo Nockels

Runner up: Jonathan Hill

Investment IFA of the year (sponsored by Schroders)

Winner: Patrick Connolly, AWD Chase De Vere

Runner up: Jason Hollands, Bestinvest

Pensions IFA of the year (sponsored by Cofunds)

Winner: Tom McPhail, Hargreaves Lansdown

Runner up: Philippa Gee, Philippa Gee Wealth Management

Protection adviser of the year (sponsored by Legal & General)

Winner: Alan Lakey, Highclere Financial Services

Runner up: Lorreine Kennedy, CareMatters

Responsible investment IFA of the year (sponsored by Alliance Trust Investments)

Winner: Ruth Whitehead, Ruth Whitehead Associates

Runner up: Olivia Bowen, GAEIA Partnership

Value of Advice article of the year (sponsored by Standard Life)

Winner: Richard Dyson, The Mail on Sunday

Runner up: Jeff Prestridge, The Mail on Sunday (for Financial Adviser)

Consumer advice article of the year

Winner: Lee Boyce, This is Money

Runner up: Kara Gammell, The Daily Telegraph


Karen Barrett, Chief Executive of unbiased.co.uk, comments:  “These awards are a fantastic opportunity to publicly recognise the work of individual advisers and their contribution to the Bluebook. Over the last year we have focused on highlighting the ‘Value of Advice’ to consumers and this could not have been done without the help of our media advisers. Collectively, they have worked hard, giving their time and expertise to help keep financial and professional advice at the forefront of consumers’ minds.  While each category was closely contested, the winners represent those that have gone above and beyond to support the unbiased.co.uk campaign.  I would also like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, judges, journalists and media advisers who have supported these awards.”


The judging panel included:

Karen Barrett, Chief Executive, unbiased.co.uk

Jeff Prestridge, Personal Finance Editor, Mail on Sunday

Holly Thomas, Deputy Money Editor, The Sunday Times

Simon Read, Personal Finance Editor, The Independent

Paul McMillan, Editor, Money Marketing

Paul Riddell, Head of PR, AXA Wealth

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director, the Association of Investment Companies

Mikkel Bates, Head of Marketing, Castle Trust

James Rainbow, UK Head of Marketing, Schroders

Peter Michaelis, Head of SRI, Alliance Trust Investments

Michelle Hoskin, Director, Standards International

Anthea Christie, Head of Marketing, Adviser and Investment, Standard Life


Notes to editors:

Photos of the evening are available on request.

For more information contact:

Anna Schirmer/ Emily Falla/ Maddy Morgan Williams, Lansons Communications: 020 7294 3682

For expert commentary or case studies from over 200 media-friendly advisers, journalists should visit unbiased.co.uk Bluebook - The Media IFA Network

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About unbiased.co.uk, the professional advice website 

unbiased.co.uk is the UK's most comprehensive free professional adviser search website, focused on empowering users with the resources they need to make better informed financial and legal decisions.  We not only help consumers and businesses find the best adviser for their needs from over 20,000 IFAs, financial advisers, mortgage advisers, solicitors and accountants listed on our search but we also help them research the market by providing relevant information and tools.  At unbiased.co.uk we like to be transparent about what we do and aim to provide the easiest way for consumers to find and compare advisers meeting their requirements.

The unbiased.co.uk website launched in 1998 and rapidly became the UK’s leading online destination for consumers and businesses looking to find an adviser.  Now attracting over one million visitors a year, unbiased.co.uk is the default adviser directory for consumer websites recommending their audience to ‘Find an adviser’.

Unbiased Ltd promotes the benefits of financial and legal advice to consumers and businesses and would like to thank the following companies for their support:


Alliance Trust



Opinium Research

AXA Wealth


Bright Grey

Royal London 360°

Canada Life Ltd


Clerical Medical Investment

Scottish Life

Hearthstone Investments Plc

Scottish Widows Plc

Legal & General

Standard Life Assurance Limited


Zurich Intermediary Group




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