Articles - Inaugural mallowstreet Awards wows Pension Industry

 Actuary Mark Rowlinson wins Most Influential Individual Actuary

 Wednesday night saw the celebration of connectivity and influence across the pensions industry with the inaugural mallowstreet awards.

 The event was hosted at Vinopolis in London and saw around 250 pensions professionals, from actuaries to lawyers, coming together to recognize the contributions to the forums and blogs of mallowstreet.

 A champagne reception kick started the event in the elegant Vinopolis halls, followed by opening remarks by mallowstreet’s founder Dawid Konotey-Ahulu in which he reinforced his belief that the hard questions which pensions poise can only be answered through the connection and communication of pensions industry individuals. Of the awards itself, Dawid said;

 "In these Awards, we aim to recognize the powerful part that many individuals and organizations have played over the last year in bringing the industry together and searching for solutions."

 Keynote Speaker, Daniel Priestley, followed Dawid’s remarks in which he spoke of his belief that an Entrepreneur Revolution is now unfolding. His address gave the guests insight into several converging trends that give the upper hand to small business over big business, whilst also suggesting how small companies and individual employees will work alongside big companies in this Entrepreneur Revolution.

 The awards followed, announced by Stuart Breyer of Mallowstreet and presented by a number of the judges. The judges included Louise Inward from Pension Corporation, John Nestor from LawDeb Pensions Trustees, Fraser Smart from Buck Consultants and David Sinclair from International Longevity Centre UK.

 A huge congratulations goes to the following winners of the first mallowtreest awards, the reasons for the judges choice of winner has also be given below:

 Most Influential Individual Solution Provider – Maddi Forrester from AXA Investment Managers
 Maddi has won because the judges were impressed with the impact she has made on mallowstreet in a short period of time. The number of comments she has contributed and her forum guru status, blended with the topicality of her commentary, showcase Maddi’s thought leadership.

 Most Influential Individual Advisor – John Reeve from Premier Pensions
 The unanimous decision for this award is based on John’s incredible participation across the site.
 The number of comments he has made and the pertinence of his commentary.
 It also reflects John’s wider connectivity with the number of schemes he is attached to on mallowstreet and the community he has also built up on LinkedIn.

 Most Influential Individual Actuary – Mark Rowlinson from First Actuarial
 This award recognises this Mark’s connectivity in the community.
 His standing as a forum guru badge holder and his outstanding engagement via a range of comments across the site.

 Most Influential Individual Trustee – Chris Wagstaff from Aviva Staff Pension Scheme
 The choice for this award is a result of Chris’ helpfulness to his fellow trustees.
 Through sharing extracts from his book and the sheer quality of his contributions - Chris is helping to answer questions that will benefit the whole trustee community.

 Most Influential Individual Internal Advisor – Karen Wake from Tesco Pension fund
 The choice of Karen for most influential internal advisor reflects her Forum Guru status and her wider community both on mallowstreet and LinkedIn.
 However, more importantly, it is based on Karen’s willingness to share their experience as well as the usefulness and topicality of her commentary.

 Most Influential Individual Contributor – Simon Carne
 This award is based on the quality, and quantity, of Simon’s contributions to the site.
 The judges were impressed with the length and level of his forum commentary and what he contributed to the discussion.

 Most Influential Individual Pensions Lawyer – Jane Kola from Wragge & Co
 Jane’s contributions show her understanding of the importance of sharing and educating through social media.
 Her commentary is always highly relevant, high level and shares key issues that need to be raised on the agenda.

 Top Blogger 2012 – Robert Burgon from the Plumbing & Mechanical Services Pension Fund
 Judges we were impressed with Robert’s raising of key issues and the immediate policy relevance of his blog commentary.
 His blogs offer a community perspective and Robert is happy to share his own thoughts and wealth of experience with the industry.

 Forum Guru 2012 – John Reeve from Premier Pensions
 John is recognised as a forum guru for the variety and quality of his commentary.
 He initiates debate on industry wide issues and serious topics of interest; we were also impressed with the sharing nature of John’s commentary.

 Master Connector 2012 – Ben Jones from M&G Investments
 Ben has been impressive as he is one of the earliest joiners of mallowstreet yet still makes the effort to broaden his network and micro community.
 His connectivity has evidently been well thought out and well received.

 Special Recognition Award - mallowstreet Ambassador – Henry Tapper from First Actuarial
 This special award recognises that Henry has consistently been appearing at the top of engagement rankings on mallowstreet.
 His commitment to social media through many different avenues has prompted Henry’s recognition as a true mallowstreet Ambassador.

 Most Influential Asset Manager - BlackRock
 This award is based on this organisation's emphasis on education both online and offline. The judges were impressed with the number of papers they have published on the site and their education and connectivity through the dinners they have hosted.

 Most Influential Bank - HSBC
 This bank's broad spectrum of engagement across multiple parts of the business on mallowstreet showcases their understanding of social media. Their connectivity and commitment with over 850 connections and 75 comments between them shows their influence.

 Most Influential Advisory - First Actuarial
 This award needs little explanation, this organisation have embraced social media use across all different mediums. Their members are highly connected and engaged across the whole site.

 Most Influential Independent Trustee Company – Pentrus
 This organisation showcase how through social media a small organisation can punch well above their weight. With a combination of one individual's prolific blogging and the team's commentary in the forums they have effectively showcased their thought leadership and opinion.
 Most Influential Law Firm - Wragge & Co
 This is based on the recent activity on the site of this organisation's mallowstreet members, they have been highly engaged in key discussions and the quality of their commentary has been impressive.
 Most Influential Pension Fund - Tesco Pension Fund
 Despite having less members attached than some other funds this Pension Fund is fully engaged on mallowstreet contributing to key discussions to the benefit of their peers in the industry.

 The first mallowstreet Awards was an outstanding success, an awrds ceremony celebrating the mallowstreet platform and the people who are striving to connect and solve pensions issues as an industry together. A definite one for the 2013 diary.

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