The award, which came as the SPP celebrated its 60th birthday, was decided in a vote by the SPP’s membership and recognises outstanding contributions to pensions journalism this year.
The SPP is a representative body for occupational pension scheme advisers and providers and was launched in 1958 as the Society of Pension Consultants.
Commenting on his award, Phillips said: “I am both delighted and surprised to have won this award against a formidable crowd of trade pensions journalists. I am incredibly grateful to the SPP and its members for their support.”
PP editor Jonathan Stapleton added: “I am hugely proud of James’ achievement, which is testament to his talent as a journalist and all the hard work he puts in.”
The SPP dinner took place on November 8 at One Great George Street, London. For more information go to the-spp.co.uk/events/the-societys-2018-annual-dinner.