Rising Star Awards 2023 Shortlist

Here they are. The finalists for this year's Professional Pensions Rising Star Awards...

A huge congratulations to all those who have made the shortlist for 2023.

This year, Professional Pensions has had an amazing response - with an extremely high volume of very high quality entries. All entries have now been assessed by our panel of eminent judges and we are thrilled to reveal this year's shortlist.

The winners will be announced at a awards ceremony on 16 November at the Hilton London Bankside.

To book a table for the event, please click here. Please note that you will be redirected to our Women in Pensions Awards website where you can process your booking for the event.

Rising Star of the Year

Benjamin Hodgson (Brightwell)

David Simpson (Barnett Waddingham)

Dweenisha Caleechurn (PwC)

Edward Austin (The People’s Partnership)

Harriet Burchett (Eversheds Sutherland International)

Julia French (Local Pensions Partnership Investments)

Liam Goulding (Sackers)

Lily Fowler (Aon)

Mark Ormston (Retirement Line)

Rachel Kidd (WTW)

Sachin Patel (Hymans Robertson)

Samantha Reeve (Now Pensions)

Sarban Hoonjan (Isio)

Shay Owode (Vidett)

William Henderson (Knowa)

Trainee of the Year

Aidan Robert West (Dalriada Trustees)

Alice Carter (CMS)

Amelia Abbott (PwC)

Benjamin Bryant (Aon)

Charlie Parker (Pension Protection Fund)

Daniel Brown (Mercer)

Deepali Shah (Hymans Robertson)

Dominika Gasiorowski (CMS)

Fern Osborne (Lane Clark & Peacock)

Hettie Scriven-Seager (LGIM)

Lily Fowler (Aon)

Monika Gagat (Squire Patton Boggs)

Thomas Hill (Barnett Waddingham)

Trustee of the Year

Alan Greenlees (Zedra Governance)

Dan Gilmour (Independent Governance Group)

Fay Robinson (Dalriada Trustees)

Nicholas Chadha (PAN Trustees)

Sophia Harrison (Vidett)

Actuary / Consultant of the Year

Adam Dann (Pension Insurance Corporation)

Ben Farmer (Hymans Robertson)

Charlotte Quarmby (Aon)

Chevonne Boxer (Hymans Robertson)

Dan Auton (XPS Pensions Group)

Dweenisha Caleechurn (PwC)

Elizabeth Wise (Barnett Waddingham)

Hannah Brinton (Aon)

Helen Billing (XPS Pensions Group)

Karyn Cooke (Hymans Robertson)

Lindsay Sadler (Mercer)

Priya Jassal (EY)

Rachel Pegrum (Barnett Waddingham)

Stephen Kyte (Barnett Waddingham)

Warren Coelho (Barker Tatham Investment Consultants)

Actuarial / Advisory Trainee of the Year

Alex Davis (Hymans Robertson)

Amanda Kuczaj (PwC)

Amelia Abbott (PwC)

Fiona Wood (Barnett Waddingham)

Georgina Gayles (Aon)

Jake Dascombe (Government Actuary's Department)

Laura Tuffnell (Broadstone)

Lauren Branney (Hymans Robertson)

Priya Patel (Lane Clark & Peacock)

Rebecca Whitehead (Buck)

Sharon Jacob (Isio)

Thomas Hill (Barnett Waddingham)

Tom McKenzie (Barnett Waddingham)

Administrator of the Year

Bethany Tanner (XPS Pensions Group)

Christine Mandeville (Lane Clark & Peacock)

Conor Byrne (Broadstone)

George Walles (XPS Pensions Group)

Georgina Suleman (Broadstone)

Hannah Swinbourne (Broadstone)

Joshua Pandolfino (Barnett Waddingham)

Kristina Williams (Pension Protection Fund)

Rachel Roberts (Broadstone)

Samuel Fox (Broadstone)

Simon Cooper (XPS Pensions Group)

Lawyer of the Year

Aleksandra Kalinowska (CMS)

Amol Chalisgaonkar (Hogan Lovells)

Charlotte Cartwright (Eversheds Sutherland)

Charlotte Moss (Pinsent Masons)

Christopher Edwards-Earl (Stephenson Harwood)

Elaine He (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)

Estella Bogira (Stephenson Harwood)

Freya Louise Stuart (Eversheds Sutherland)

Kate-Emma Bailey (Squire Patton Boggs)

Stewart Murphy (Pinsent Masons)

Investment Manager of the Year

Emma Birch (Lane Clark & Peacock)

Gerald Wu (Local Pensions Partnership Investments)

James Lawrence (Smart Pension)

Panashe Bera (Van Lanschot Kempen Investment Management)

 Investment Trainee of the Year

Adam Dean Baksh (Isio)

Aditya Yanamandra (Mercer)

Benjamin Bryant (Aon)

Benjamin Robert Phipps (Mercer)

Jay Malkani (Isio)

Joshua McCann (XPS Pensions Group)

Saanvi Vasudevan (Lane Clark & Peacock)

Sarban Hoonjan (Isio)

Sophie Fisher (Aon)

Will Da Silva (Barnett Waddingham)

 Excellence in Customer Service and Communication Award

Adam Dean Baksh (Isio)

Caroline Hopper (Quietroom)

Julia Fox (Quietroom)

Lorna Auger (Alltrust)

Mark Fenlon (Standard Life)

Olasumbo Biobaku-Mason (LGIM)

Richard Goldring (Smart Pension)

Stephanie McDowell (WTW)

Tori Watson (XPS Pensions Group)

Mentor of the Year

Andy Dickinson (Buck)

Ben Farmer (Hymans Robertson)

Brian Paterson (Legal & General)

Charlotte Moss (Pinsent Masons)

Emma King (Eversheds Sutherland International)

Helen Billing (XPS Pensions Group)

Mary McLeod (XPS Pensions Group)

Mitesh Sheth (Newton Investment Management)

Polly Cripps (Aon)

Priya Jassal (EY)

Shay Owode (Vidett)

Timon Kotsapas (WTW)

 Team of the Year

BSPS Trustee Executive Team at Lane Clark Peacock

Government Actuary’s Department – McCloud Calculator Team

Insight4Pensions Team

Lane Clark & Peacock DC and Financial Wellbeing Team

MyCSP Training Team

P&O Mumbai Team

Pacific Life Re's Europe Longevity Team

PwC - Project Finch Team

RSM Pensions Audit Team

Smart Pension Investments Team

Standard Life DB Solutions Team

WTW Contact Centre Team

Organisational Award: Award for Supporting Development

Barnett Waddingham




XPS Pensions Group

Organisational Award: Training Scheme of the Year

Barnett Waddingham


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