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Winners of the Personal Finance Media Awards revealed

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Publication date:

02 November 2021

Last updated:

03 November 2021


Personal Finance Society

The winners of the Personal Finance Society Media Awards 2021/22 were announced by Comedian Shappi Khorsandi during a virtual ceremony today (2 November).

Financial advisers voted the Financial Times money supplement their National Newspaper Personal Finance Section of the Year and the award for Trade Press Personal Finance Publication of the Year went to FTAdviser.

More than 100 Personal Finance Society members voted for their favourite personal finance titles in a poll conducted by the professional body this summer. A panel of finance experts decided the following journalists produced the best articles, copy and broadcast features this year.

National Newspaper Personal Finance Journalist

Winner: Harry Brennan, The Telegraph

Judges described his work as “great journalism that exposes injustice and shows he has taken what he has learned to influence wider positive change for consumers.”

  • Highly Commended: Katherine Denham, The Times and The Sunday Times
  • Runner-up: Marc Shoffman, The Sun

National Newspaper Personal Finance Newcomer

Winner: Amelia Murray, Daily Mail

Judges praised her for tackling the tricky topic of scams in a clear and logical way.

  • Highly Commended: Jessica Beard, The Telegraph
  • Runner-up: Sam Bernstead, The Telegraph

Personal Finance Consumer Champion

Winner: Lisa-Marie Janes, Love Money

The judges said “Her passion for helping people in vulnerable circumstances really shone through” and “the size of the recoveries – life changing amounts of cash - was impressive.”

  • Highly Commended: Sarah Davidson, iNews
  • Runner-up: Sally Hamilton, The Telegraph

Trade Press Personal Finance Journalist

Winner: James Fitzgerald, New Model Adviser

Judges praised his understanding of how important it is to have a strong professional body and for the significant engagement he achieved with his coverage.

  • Highly Commended: Simoney Kyriakou, FTAdviser
  • Runner-up: Lois Vallely, Money Marketing

The journalist categories of the media awards were judged by Sarah Lords, President of the Personal Finance Society, Robin Melley, founder and managing director of Matrix Capital and twice winner of the Personal Finance Society’s Chartered Financial Planner of the Year Award, and Barry Horner, co-founder and CEO of Paradigm Norton, winner of the professional body’s Chartered Financial Planning Firm of the Year Award for 2020/21.

Sarah Lord, President of the Personal Finance Society, said: “Great personal finance journalists, sections and publications help educate, inform and empower consumers to take action to improve their financial resilience and equip financial planners with insight they need to advise clients.

“This year’s winning journalists and publications were insightful and did a fantastic job sharing their knowledge of the impact of Covid-19 on personal finance and making sense of developments in the profession for their readers.

“I applaud the journalists and publications for educating and helping their readers improve their financial resilience during these challenging times.”

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