Ten Women from Mazars have been shortlisted for the 2022 Women in Financial Advice Awards

We are delighted to announce that ten women from Mazars have been shortlisted for the Women in Financial Advice Awards 2022.

These prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of women working in the financial advice sector, and this year, 767 women were nominated across 31 companies1, including those from Mazars.

The Women in Financial Advice Awards aim to inspire and empower women to join an already dynamic sector that is constantly working to become more inclusive and accessible.

“It is great to see that so many incredible women have been nominated for their contribution to their profession. As an organisation, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff and our clients. Mazars should be a place where everyone feels they belong.”

Ian Pickford, Head of Mazars Private Client

The awards will take place on Wednesday 6 July 2022, and we wish all those involved the best of luck.

Those shortlisted are:

Prerna Bhalla – Investment Analyst

Women of the year - ESG and Rising Star of the Year

"I am incredibly proud to be recognised for my work in the ESG space and as a rising star within the industry.

As a passionate advocate of ESG and investing sustainably, it is important to support and educate our clients on how they invest impacts the environment and the future of our world.

As an investment analyst, I want to be a part of the solution, helping shape a better future for all."

Shirley Reeves – Operations Director

Team Leader of the Year

"I would like to thank my fellow peers who have nominated me for this award. I feel incredibly proud to lead an inclusive operations team that is transforming our business for the future.

I would also like to thank the wider business, who have been empowered by this transformation, aiding our ambitions to create a best-in-class service for our clients.”

Sarah Lees – Senior Paraplanner

Woman of the Year – Paraplanning

"I feel incredibly proud to have been nominated for such a great award. There are so many talented women in finance so to be considered with them is just amazing."

Sarah Fegan – Senior Operations Manager

Woman of the Year – In-house Adviser Support

"I am proud to be a woman working within an operations team who are transforming how we care for and support our clients, managing and delivering projects to enhance the client experience."

Priya Pipal – Assistant Manager

Woman of the Year – In-house Adviser Support

"It is a lovely surprise to have been nominated and to feel appreciated by my colleagues. I thank Mazars for their continued faith and support in my development over this past five years and for championing women in financial planning."

Lydia Gibson – Corporate Assistant

Woman of the Year – In-house Adviser Support

"I joined Mazars six months ago as part of the graduate scheme, so I was equally surprised and excited to be nominated for this award. It's a great reflection on our teams work together to support our clients."

Maryam Lokhandwala – Paraplanner

Woman of the Year – Paraplanning

"It's an absolute honour to have been nominated. These awards demonstrate just how supportive Mazars is when it comes to empowering women in financial services and maximising our potential."

Natalie Wright – Partner

Financial Adviser of the Year - North East, Role Model of the Year (large firms) and Team Leader of the Year

"I feel honoured to be nominated not just in a practitioner category, but also in categories that are about how you impact those around you. Supporting individuals in their career journeys and creating a diverse and inclusive environment is what makes a profession, and I am proud to be able to make a positive contribution in whatever way I can."

Laura Thursfield – Senior Manager

Financial Adviser of the Year - Midlands & East Anglia, Woman of the Year – Vulnerable Client Care, Team Leader of the Year

"It is fantastic to be nominated alongside so many of my peers, and the quality of all the nominees highlights the important role women play in the growth of the financial planning profession.

I would like to thank those who have nominated me for the practitioner categories but also those who have nominated me for my leadership traits. As a team leader, I am empowered every day to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and is given the opportunities to develop their skillsets and progress within their financial planning careers.

Jourdan Lyons – Marketing Manager

Marketing Influencer of the Year

"It is such an honour to have been nominated for this award and to be recognised by my peers for my work in marketing and media.

We believe that our marketing should reflect how we work with our clients, supporting them throughout their lifetime to help them achieve their financial goals. This support should be accessible to all who need it, through various channels including digital but also traditional.

I would like to thank my colleagues who have embraced new ways of marketing and communications, transforming the way in which we support our clients, to ensure they receive the best service.”

Mazars Supports International Women's Day

On 8 March, Mazars will support International Women's Day. The theme of this year is #breakthebias; the aim is to promote the importance of a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

As an international organisation, inclusion, diversity, and wellbeing are at the heart of who we are. Mazars is dedicated to ensuring people have a sense of belonging and pride, can make meaningful contributions, and be who they are. In doing so we are building a culture that delivers better value for our people and our clients.