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

A quartet of award shortlist successes for Incisive Media

Incisive has made the cut in the Best New Conference Launch for Under 500 Delegates for the Professional Adviser 360 event, and the Best Event Linked to a Publication for Pensions and Benefits UK, a two-day conference under the auspices of the Professional Pensions brand.

The business also enjoyed successes in the Best Marketing Team and Outstanding Conference Team categories, bringing the shortlist haul to a total of four.

The Conference Awards recognise, celebrate and encourage achievement in conference and events. The awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

These shortlist nominations follow hot on the heels of a double shortlist nod for Incisive at the 2019 Awards Awards, where the blue-riband Women in Investment Awards and CRN Channel Awards made the final round.

“I’m delighted that we have made the shortlist for four categories at the Conference Awards,” said Incisive Media’s events managing director Simone Broadhurst. “And I’m particularly pleased that we have been recognised in both the individual event and team categories.

“PA360 and PB UK are two of our most successful conference products, and this is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by our marketing and event ops teams. It’s great to see this recognised by our peers.”

The Conference Awards takes place on July 5 at The Pavilion at the Tower of London. For more information on Incisive Media’s event portfolio 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