Spear’s, the wealth management, business and culture magazine, has announced the winners of the Wealth Management Awards 2015, in association with Gaggenau.
The awards, which celebrate the innovations and successes of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, private bankers and more, were given out at a ceremony at The Savoy hosted by David Smith, economics editor of the Sunday Times. Winners included Sir Paul Ruddock (Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy), James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog (Entrepreneur of the Year), Lord March, Goodwood Estate (Family Business of the Year) and Helen Watson, Rothschild (Private Banker of the Year). Helen Watson’s success made it a double for Rothschild, which also won Private Bank of the Year.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Helen Ward, the legendary family lawyer who has represented Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paloma Picasso, Bernie Ecclestone, Guy Ritchie, Nicholas Serota and the Countess Spencer. The judges called Lady Ward ‘a giant of our industry’ who has ‘steel’ as well as ‘a ferocious appetite for work’ that has attracted the highest-profile clients. She was said to have ‘a mind like a jewelled watch and a wise and honest heart… a tigress who never sleeps’.
Innovation was recognised across the categories, from James Watt and Martin Dickie of BrewDog, with ‘their upstart, insurgent beer business, bypassing the City in a way described by the judges as “fearless”‘ to Lord March of the Goodwood Estate, who has turned the estate from ‘a millstone into a treasure house’ with ideas like the Goodwood Revival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Sir Paul Ruddock, who picked up his award in person, was praised for his contribution to giving which ‘spans schools in the Midlands to museums in South Kensington, theatres on the South Bank to the battlefields of Flanders’. He has recently stepped down as the chairman of the V&A, whose ‘glorious revival’ the judges credited him for presiding over.
The Spear’s City Champion Award, for moral leadership in the City, went to Fiona Halton, co-founder of Red Nose Day, which has since raised over a billion pounds for charity. Fiona also founded the Great Investment Race, TimeBank, Pilotlight and Philanthropy in Action, and is a pioneer of giving skills to charity, not just money.
A full list of winners is below; to see all the nominees, plus photos and video, visit our Wealth Management Awards microsite.
Private Bank of the Year
Private Banker of the Year
Helen Watson, Rothschild
Family Business of the Year
Lord March, Goodwood Estate
Entrepreneur of the Year
James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog
Philanthropist of the Year
David and Claudia Harding (Philanthropist of the Year)
Sir Paul Ruddock (Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy)
Spear’s City Champion
Fiona Halton, Philanthropy in Action
Spear’s Trusted Adviser
Paula Higgleton, Deloitte
Lifetime Achievement Award
Helen Ward, Stewarts Law
Wealth Management Innovator of the Year
Chris Marinello, ArtClaim database
Future Leader in Wealth Management
Dr Laura Toogood, Digitalis
Next Generation Award
Asset Manager of the Year for HNWs
Lee Robertson, Investment Quorum
Asset Manager of the Year for UHNWs
Jamie Black, Sarasin
Multi-Family Office Services of the Year
LJ Private Office
Property Adviser of the Year
Nathalie Hirst, Nathalie Hirst
Lawyer of the Year of the Year (Tax & Trust)
Simon Rylatt, Boodle Hatfield
Lawyer of the Year of the Year (Family)
Suzanne Kingston, Withers
Lawyer of the Year of the Year (Reputation and Defamation)
Jenny Afia, Schillings
Private Client Accountant of the Year
Paula Higgleton, Deloitte
To see all the nominees, plus photos and video, visit our Wealth Management Awards microsite.
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