Nominations are unfortunately now closed but we look forward to seeing old and new faces joining us at this prestigious event, which this year will be held a The DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden. This venue offers a sumptuous location for what promises to be a lively and fun event.

For those new to the awards, the categories are focused around three main areas:
  • Experts (individuals and teams)
  • Products
  • Services for wealth managers and clients/institutions of all sizes and types
As in previous years, independence, integrity and genuine insightwill be the watchwords of the judging process and will be conducted by an expert panel drawn from both private banks and trusted advisors/consultants to the sector.

To avoid any conflict of interest we have three judging panels. One panel of bankers who judge the trusted advisor categories. Another panel of trusted advisors who are responsible for judging the banking categories and a new panel of technology experts to judge the tech categories.
Winning an WealthBriefing European Award sets organisations and individuals apart from their peers and is a tangible demonstration that they have something special to offer, rewarding achievement and showcasing top class performance and innovation.

We very much hope you take part and look forward to seeing you at the 2020 awards ceremony.

Key Dates

  • Nominations open – Now
  • Nominations close – Friday 6 December  2019 (at midnight)
  • Shortlist announcement – 23 January 2020
  • AWARDS DINNER – 23 April 2020 (from 6.30pm)

Judging Process

There will be two judging panels for the awards. A panel of trusted advisors who will be responsible for judging the private banking categories. A second panel of private bankers will judge the trusted advisor categories. This is to ensure that commercially sensitive information is kept confidential and to avoid conflicts of interest.

Advisors Panel

Ausaf Abbas

Managing Director

Coombe Advisors

Ausaf Abbas founded Coombe Advisors to provide strategic, business and financial advice to a network of clients and associated businesses, with a focus on family offices, the wealth management industry and growth-oriented companies. Prior to that, Ausaf had a 25-year career at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, where he held various senior management positions in both investment banking and wealth management. His international experience includes 13 years based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and extensive experience managing wealth businesses across the MENA region. His broad range of interests include acting as senior advisor to a real estate investment banking firm and serving as a director of SEO London and Tara Arts, two charities focused on education and Asian theatre.

Paul Ayres



Paul joined BDO in 2000 becoming a partner in 2006 and is now head of BDO’s national private client practice. Paul advises in respect of all private client related tax matters but with a particular specialism in advising clients on their residence and domicile positions. Recognised as one of the most influential individuals in the wealth management industry, Paul is also is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Rosalyn Breedy


Wedlake Bell

Rosalyn Breedy, a partner at Wedlake Bell, is a corporate and financial services lawyer with 24 years’ experience working in private practice, investment banking and at a multi-family office. Her core clients are family and owner managed businesses, family offices, trustees, private capital investors, private wealth managers and entrepreneurs (particularly private equity, hedge fund principals, fintech businesses) and other city professionals. Rosalyn also establishes private funds, advises family offices and fund management businesses and acts on a range of private equity and joint venture deals. Rosalyn has been a judge on the WealthBriefing European awards and has written a range of articles and presented seminars for family office conferences, accountants, wealth managers, alternative investment fund managers and fiduciary services. She has spoken in London, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Montreux, Geneva, Monaco, Vancouver and Cape Town.

Sebastian Dovey


The Courageous Ideas Partnership

Sebastian Dovey is an entrepreneur, thought leader and board advisor in the fields of global wealth management, consumer insight, scale-up companies and business management. Mr Dovey was the co-founder in 1998 of Scorpio Partnership, an award-winning global management consultancy and insight data business. This was acquired by Aon PLC in 2014. As of October 2018, Mr Dovey is a non-executive director of Milamber Ventures, a director of Angel Academe Nominee (a venture investment vehicle) and on the advisory boards of Align 17 (an impact investment fund platform), Angel Academe (an early stage investor group) and FiComm (a public relations and digital marketing agency). He is also the Independent Chair of the Global Client Experience and Innovation Committee for a major international bank. In addition he advises two sizeable financial families on their strategic growth for their investment offices. His expertise spans 25 years of developing high-impact commercial strategies for private banks, global banks, asset managers, family offices, technology firms, service providers, aggregators and start-up initiatives. Mr Dovey is the 2018 winner of the Wealth Briefing Thought Leader of the Year award and he is Thought Leader-In-Residence for Fitch Learning worldwide.

Mr. Dovey is a regular commentator on the wealth management industry in the press and at conferences and academies, and has chaired and presented leading industry events in Asia, Europe and the United States. He has been a lecturer at The Swiss Finance Institute (formerly the Swiss Banking School) for its executive MBA programme. He serves as a judge of the London School of Economics Entrepreneur of Year awards and is on the editorial board of WealthBriefing.

Steve Dyson


Investment & Wealth Management Consultants

Steve is a founding director of Investment & Wealth Management Consultants. He has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry and has held senior positions in the wealth management sector as operations director for Schroders Private Bank, and head of product development for State Street’s wealth manager services division. In addition, Steve has worked at The Bank of New York where he managed their enterprise level global banking relationships and at Citisoft Consultants where he was head of European business development. Steve brings a unique insight into industry trends and challenges given his senior roles within wealth management, investment operations, outsourcing and consulting.

Keith MacDonald

Head of Wealth Management


Keith MacDonald is a partner in EY’s global financial services practice where his responsibilities include their services to wealth managers and private banks. He has led a wide range of strategic and transformational programmes across the industry, UK and internationally. He leads EY’s development and thought leadership in the wealth management and private banking sector, and is a regular contributor to conferences and publications.

Cara Williams

Senior Partner


Cara Williams, senior partner, is global leader family offices. Located in London, Cara develops and drives the strategy for Mercer’s work with financial intermediaries, wealth management firms and family offices globally. She ensures clients’ needs are appropriately met with a wide array of solutions from market insights, manager research, asset allocation to deal sourcing and establishment of investment platforms and solutions. Cara presents regularly on global investment trends in wealth management as well as on Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform for Financial Services.

With over 22 years of experience in the pensions and investment industry, Cara began at Mercer’s investment consulting business as Global COO in April 2005. Cara began her career in finance as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in New York. Prior to working in the investment industry, she was responsible for budgets and logistics for US Army and NATO MWR deployments. Cara is also an active mentor for external programs supporting and promoting women in their careers.

Ian Woodhouse

Head of Strategy and Change


With over 25 years of experience, Ian is a recognised expert in private banking and wealth management business and technology improvement. He has multiple project experiences across business, operational, technology and digital issues. He is also an influential thought leader providing insights on relevant industry topics through speaking at key industry conferences and is the author of several articles.

Iain leads Orbium’ s Wealth Management C -level Survey which provides valuable insights from European and Asian executives on how their current and future business and technology models will evolve. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards of leading wealth publications. He has been a judge for the WealthBriefing European awards. Prior to joining Orbium, Ian has held senior roles with PwC , EY and IBM.

Bankers Panel

Gillian Austin-King

Senior Programme Manager, CS-MIP Programme


Gillian is a chartered accountant, a chartered banker and a member of the CISI with MBAs in both banking and finance, and degrees in economics and law. Gillian started off in audit with Price Waterhouse before moving into industry post-qualification. She spent several years working for various financial institutions as well as working for a number years as a senior management consultant, before moving to a role as head of change at a small private bank. Gillian is currently heading up the cyber security programme for global payments at HSBC.

Eric Barnett


Kleinwort Hambros

Eric Barnett is an independent non-executive director of EFG Bank UK Limited, having previously been chief executive officer of Kleinwort Hambros, the UK private bank formed from the old SG Hambros and Kleinwort Benson businesses for 11 years 2007-2018. He has over 30 years’ experience in Wealth Management, with a particular focus on commercial and strategy, and has been behind a number of well-known acquisitions in the sector. He is also currently working with a challenger bank in the SME sector.

Tom Burroughes

Group Editor

ClearView Financial Media

Tom Burroughes is group editor of ClearView Financial Media, publisher of WealthBriefing, WealthBriefingAsia and Family Wealth Report. Tom has worked at ClearView since 2008, reporting on news stories, interviewing industry leaders, writing features and comment pieces, and has spoken at conferences in London, Guernsey and Vienna, among other locations. He has discussed the industry’s issues on Reuters television and the BBC. Previously, Tom was wealth management editor of The Business, the weekly UK magazine run by the Telegraph Group, from 2007 to 2008. Before that, he was a correspondent in various roles at Reuters, the global newswire. Between 1994 and 2000, he was a reporter for Market News International, a New York-headquartered newswire.

Etienne D'Arenberg


Bank Mirabaud

Etienne d’Arenberg has been a limited partner at Mirabaud since 2011. He joined the group in 1999.

In 2016, he took over the management of the UK market for the group and sits on the board of Mirabaud Europe Ltd, the European bank of the group. He also sits on the board of his own family's family office. From 1995 to 1999, he was a MD at Creditanstalt Investment Bank in Vienna focusing on CEE countries. Prior to that, he was a development analyst in Paris for a subsidiary of Compagnie Générale des Eaux. He sits on or chairs several charity boards, most notably linked to music, in Switzerland, Europe and UK. He holds a MSc (Mgt) from Boston University and graduated from the Hotel Management School of Lausanne.

Martin Heale


Schroder US Wealth Management

Martin heads the Schroder Wealth Management (US) team specialising in international wealth management for US clients residing in the US, UK and elsewhere. Prior to joining Schroders, Martin was managing director and head of Americas at the Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management International in London, and before that head of private wealth management at Kleinwort Benson. A stockbroker by training, Martin has over 30 years’ experience in advising clients and working in partnership with clients’ other professional advisors. He is also a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and sits on the expert panel for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Mark Hussein

Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Life (UK) and Head of UK Insurance


Mark Hussein was appointed CEO, HSBC Life (UK), and Head of UK Insurance in November 2015. Prior to that Mark was appointed to spearhead the strategy for global commercial insurance and investments in 2011. Mark left the group in 2007 to join Kleinwort Benson as head of private wealth management UK and the Channel Islands. He was a member of the Kleinwort Benson group regional executive committee and sat on the board of Kleinwort Benson Trustees. Mark’s responsibilities included the expansion and strategic development of the organisation’s private wealth management business from its London hub and network of regional offices. Mark also had responsibility for the international PWM and private fiduciary business. Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson, Mark spent 13 years with the HSBC Group.

Penny Lovell

CEO Private Investment Office


Penny has more than 20 years experience advising private clients, families and charities and joined Sanlam to develop their high net worth and family office offering in September 2017. Prior to this she held various executive roles in wealth management. At Close Brothers she was head of private client and responsible for marketing and distribution across the various business channels. Before that she was managing director at Rothschild. Penny was also head of business development and marketing at Fleming Family & Partners where she also covered philanthropy and financial education. Penny also sits on the boards of Pennies, The Digital Charity Box, Prism the Gift Fund and the development board for Park Theatre.

Tom Slocock

Managing Director

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Tom Slocock is the head of the global investment group within Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, responsible for sourcing, selecting and recommending investment opportunities for wealth management clients globally. He took on this role in late 2015 after almost seven years as CEO of Deutsche Bank’s UK wealth management business. He joined Deutsche Bank after a decade at Credit Suisse. Tom has spent his entire career in the wealth management industry. His focus has been leading teams and businesses, working with wealthy and sophisticated UK based individuals and families and helping to source bespoke solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Matthew Spencer

Head of Business Development and Marketing

Close Brothers Asset Management

Matthew is a highly effective leader of business development teams with unique experience of managing external and internal growth strategies across brands nationally and internationally. He is managing director, head of business development and marketing at Close Brothers and a member of the management committee. He has extensive experience at executive level developing and implementing strategy whilst personally leading new business growth. Matthew has previously held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Coutts and Credit Suisse.

Iain Tait

Partner and Head of Private Investment Office

London & Capital

Iain became a Partner of London & Capital in 2008 and heads the firm’s Private Investment Office, which he founded in 2013. The Private Investment Office provides wealth management services for some of the firm’s largest clients.

He previous ran his own wealth management business for five years, in association with Zurich Financial Services Limited, where he built and maintained a significant high net worth client base. Before that, he was a partner at Freeman, Farmer and Anderson Company at only 27. He has been awarded the Investment Management Certificate, a Diploma in Financial Planning and a BA Hons degree from The University of Manchester.

Bruce Weatherill

Chief Executive

Weatherill Consulting

Bruce is a chartered accountant with over 37 years financial services experience, previously a partner in PwC, latterly as Global leader of their Wealth Management practice and the key driver of their bi-annual Wealth Management Report. Bruce is now CEO of Weatherill Consulting providing advice on client centricity and wider strategic matters to wealth managers. He is the author of The Value of Trust: the quest by Wealth Managers for Trusted Advisor status and a number of other thought leadership reports. Bruce is chairman of ClearView Financial Media and a non-executive of a number of companies including Fidelity Holdings UK, The Wisdom Council, ComPeer, JDX Consulting and Ten Group.

Technology Panel

Philippe Bongrand

Senior Partner

Roland Berger

Philippe advises wealth and asset managers on growth, digital strategies and transformation issues. He has worked with more than 50 clients that are global, regional or domestic leaders – in offshore and/or onshore markets - seeking to accelerate their transformation and improve their economics. In his 28 years of experience, he worked both as a strategy consultant and having operational roles in the industry, in particular having led functions such as strategy, business development, sales management, sales force effectiveness and marketing.

Matthew Drummond-Smith

Associate Director and Head of Operations

Bordier UK

After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2004 with an honours degree in Classics, Matthew joined Bordier UK within the operations team. Matthew is an associate Director of Bordier UK and head of Operations, where he has overall responsibility for the company’s operations, including dealing and CASS. Matthew is a Chartered Member of the CISI and holds both the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Sean Kiernan

CEO and Founder

DAG Global

Sean has extensive experience in financial services, having worked in various roles in executive management.  Most recently, Sean was the COO of the London office of the first bank in the world to offer crypto products to clients. His insights from traditional finance, combined with banking and regulatory expertise in the digital asset space, are instrumental in setting up the first regulated digital merchant bank in the UK – DAG Global.

Sharmil Patwa


Opus Una

Sharmil is the founder of Opus Una a consultancy started in 2011 to help participants in the wealth management ecosystem build better products and services and to manage business change more effectively. Prior to this, he held senior business transformation and risk roles at Barclays Wealth and Deutsche Bank. He started his career at Accenture focusing on strategy and business architecture.

Sharmil is highly active in the fintech space and is particularly passionate about supporting early stage companies. He is a mentor/advisor to a number of high potential start-up and early stage firms; a strategic adviser to The Wealth Mosaic, the Global Digital Marketplace for the Wealth Management Sector and on the judging panel of the Financial Times, PWM Wealth Tech Awards.

Adam Sorrin

Head of Data & Access Management

RBS Private Banking

With more than 20 years experience in the private banking industry, Adam has held positions across back office, front office, risk, change and technol­ogy. Adam’s delivery record includes regulatory-compliant solutions, business process optimisation, wholesale re-platforming activities, as well as a number of years leading CRM enhancement initiatives. Leveraging experience in the modelling, migration and ongoing management of customer data, Adam’s current role sees him lead the delivery of strategic data management projects, ensuring a golden source of clean, current, customer information - driving efficiency, mitigating risk, and providing the foundation for deeper and more mean­ingful customer insights.

Wendy Spires

Head of Research

ClearView Financial Media

Wendy has been a wealth management journalist, researcher and consultant for a decade, covering a huge range of international markets and sub-sectors over that time. Known as a technology and communications specialist, she has written an array of in-depth reports on issues affecting private banks and wealth managers, ranging from compliance and innovation trends through to client experience, branding and marketing strategies. As well as speaking at conferences in both the UK and abroad, Wendy also regularly consults for wealth and asset managers, including carrying out research projects among end H/UHNW clients for both internal and external purposes.

Mike Toole

Chief Operating Officer

Artorius Wealth

Mike is group chief operating officer and one of the founders of Artorius Wealth, a wealth manager that has shown strong growth since its inception in 2014. Operating from the UK and Switzerland and covering Europe and the Middle East, Mike has developed a model that delivers a multi-jurisdictional client-centric wealth-planning proposition underpinned by a strong governance infrastructure. Mike was previously a partner at accountancy firm Baker Tilly, where he was group operations director for the financial management and investment businesses. He has 12 years’ experience in financial services and banking which includes periods at KPMG, Santander and UK mutual societies. He also helped found a Saudi family office and managed a substantial private equity portfolio.

William Trout

Head of Wealth Management Research


William Trout leads Celent’s global wealth management practice. His research focuses on technology strategy and innovation in the securities and banking industries. He has particular expertise on automated advice delivery, the use of digital tools and wealth and asset management platform technology. An authority on the robo advisory business, William has been widely quoted in Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Prior to Celent, William was head of product and segment development for affluent and high net worth customers at BBVA Compass. He holds an AB from Harvard College.


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