Incisive Media triumphs at the 2019 Kames Capital Journalism Awards

Professional Pensions’ six-strong editorial team won institutional team of the year for the fourth year in succession.

PP’s deputy editor James Phillips was also named institutional journalist of the year, with editor Jonathan Stapleton runner up.

This is Phillips’ second major award of the year. In July, he was named pensions journalist of the year by the Society of Pension Professionals.

Meanwhile, Investment Week’s deputy news editor Mike Sheen walked away with the prize for wholesale journalist of the year, with special projects correspondent David Brenchley as runner up.

The Kames Capital Awards celebrate excellence in investment journalism. The categories are judged by a panel of industry experts from the institutional and wholesale markets. This year’s awards took place on November 28 in London.

Incisive Media’s group editorial director Adrian Barrick said: ’’Hearty congratulations to all the winners of these prestigious awards, which pit our journalists directly against their peers. The categories are also judged by true experts in the sector, so there are no hiding places.’’

He continued: ’’The fact that James, Mike and the Professional Pensions team came out on top is testament to the enduring quality of the writing on our titles and the importance to our readers of the stories that our journalists tell.’’

Kevin Sinclair, managing director of Incisive Media’s financial division said:’ “It’s great to see members of our editorial teams recognised for their excellent coverage of the investment and pensions markets. We believe our journalists are the best in the business, and these awards confirm we are right!’’

In 2018, both Professional Pensions and Investment Week won team of the year awards, and PP’s Stephanie Baxter won the institutional journalist prize.

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Industry accolade for Professional Pensions news editor James Phillips

The awards – which are in their 14th year – celebrate excellence in business journalism in the areas of insurance and risk, human resources and benefits, pensions and institutional investment.

This is Phillips’s second industry award in the past 12 months – he scooped the trade pensions journalist of the year at the annual Society of Pension Professionals dinner in November 2018.

Commenting on his award, Phillips said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have received this accolade despite such stiff competition from my very talented colleagues in the trade pensions press. Thank you to Willis Towers Watson and all of the judges for their support.”

Professional Pensions editor Jonathan Stapleton added: “I am hugely proud of James’s achievement, which is testament to his talent as a journalist and the hard work he puts in to make PP a success.”

Professional Pensions is the most-influential brand in the UK pensions sector, comprising a growing events portfolio, website and weekly magazine. For more information go to

Quartet of wins for Investment Week and Professional Pensions

The awards – which were judged by a panel of more than 30 independent industry experts from institutional and wholesale markets – were presented on Thursday, November 29 at a dinner in London.

Investment Week won the Wholesale Team of the Year award and Professional Pensions won the Institutional Team of the Year accolade.

In addition, Professional Pensions deputy editor Stephanie Baxter was named Institutional Journalist of the Year and Investment Week deputy editor Natalie Kenway was a runner up in the Wholesale Journalist of the Year category.

Commenting on the awards, Kames Capital chief executive Martin Davis said: “I would like to congratulate all of the journalists nominated for this year’s awards especially the deserving winners and runners up. I would also like to thank the panel of esteemed judges for their considered nominations.

“Journalists have a vital role in translating the complexities, nuances and anomalies of investments to their audience and we are delighted to once again have the opportunity to recognise their efforts.”

“These award wins are an important accolade for Incisive’s financial journalists,” said Incisive Media CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “Quality journalism is what makes us tick, and it’s humbling to receive this recognition from the sectors we serve. I’m incredibly pleased for Stephanie and Natalie, and of course for the IW and PP editorial teams.”

Kames Capital is a UK-based investment management business with £43 billion of assets under management. It is a global leader in sustainable investing. For more information go to

PP journalist wins trade pensions journalist of the year accolade

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