Cover and Incisive Media celebrate World Health Day and pay tribute to nurses and midwives

World Health Day 2020 day honours the work of nurses and midwives, who are at the forefront of the battle against the ravages of Covid-19.

Incisive Media’s brands are lending their support to World Health Day through a specially-themed ribbon on all of their brand sites and an updated masthead on their corporate website and social media coverage.

Cover, owned by Incisive Media, is the UK’s leading title for independent financial advisers who specialise in selling protection and healthcare. The brand will be raising awareness with a site takeover and themed email broadcasts.  Cover will be focusing on the unique agreement between the private sector and the NHS, who are combining forces to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cover’s editor Adam Saville said: “The protection and health insurance industry is having to adapt and rise to the challenge of this unprecedented crisis so we wanted to highlight some of support being offered to people in the fight against the virus.”

Apart from Cover, Incisive’s leading titles include Investment Week, Professional Pensions, Professional Adviser, International Investment, BusinessGreen, Computing, CRN and Channel Partner Insight.

World Health Day is celebrated each year on 7 April, on the anniversary of the formation of the World Health Organisation in 1948.

Since World Health Day was first conceived in 1950, it has been marked by a different theme each year.

The 2020 day honours the work of nurses and midwives, who are at the forefront of the battle against the ravages of Covid-19.

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Incisive Media journalists receive five nominations for 2020 Headlinemoney Awards

PA has been nominated in a six-strong shortlist for b2b title of the year. Meanwhile, news editor Hannah Godfrey is on the shortlist for b2b journalist of the year, and reporter Sophie King is up for b2b rising star of the year.

In other categories, Cover editor Adam Saville has been shortlisted for b2b protection journalist of the year, and Professional Pensions’ deputy editor James Phillips has been nominated for b2b pensions journalist of the year.

The Headlinemoney Awards recognise excellence in financial journalism and communications. They are entered by journalists from b2b, national media and consumer titles.

The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at London’s The Brewery on 6 May.

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Professional Pensions unveils new-look monthly magazine

The new magazine, designed by celebrated, multi-award-winning art director Andy Cowles, is packed with articles on the key issues and personalities shaping the industry.

Incisive Media switched the frequency from weekly to monthly in response to a change in the audience’s content needs, following extensive research.

The first edition of the new-look Professional Pensions, dated March 2020, includes an in-depth discussion with eight professional trustees, who tell us how they are evolving to meet the governance challenge. It also includes an interview with BT Pension Scheme chief executive Morten Nilsson on how the UK’s largest private sector plan is working to revolutionise service and communications.

In addition, it includes articles on small scheme derisking; cost transparency and ESG as well as a look at the legal issues arising in the second Lloyds Bank case on GMP Equalisation.

The magazine also takes a look at the finalists of this year’s UK Pensions Awards and, in a special focus on fiduciary management, assesses how trustees can prepare for the formal tender processes required following the CMA’s investigation into the sector.

Professional Pensions editor Jonathan Stapleton said: “The decision to move our print edition from weekly to monthly is not one we have taken lightly and is the result of substantial research among our audience”.

“We constantly ask our readers how they want to receive the content that Professional Pensions provides. While many of our print readers wanted to receive their magazine weekly up to recently, this has now changed and the majority now favour a more in-depth, monthly publication, which they can read alongside our market-leading website, “

Stapleton added: “The move from weekly back to monthly – Professional Pensions began life as a monthly magazine in 1995 before turning weekly in 1997 – is an exciting evolution in our brand’s 25 year history and we are very excited that we have had the opportunity to rethink our print format to prepare us for the future.”

Incisive Media managing director of financial media Kevin Sinclair – the publisher of Professional Pensions ­– said the change was a result of us continuing to listen to both our readers and our commercial partners.

He said: “We believe the move results in an even better magazine that will deliver a premium experience to both its readers and advertisers.”

As part of the shift to monthly, PP enlisted the help of multi-award winning creative director and design leader Andy Cowles. He is a former creative director of Mademoiselle for Conde Nast and art director of Rolling Stone in New York, as well as the creative leader for the launch of Q, Mojo and Empire magazines. His recent redesigns include Horse & Hound, Motorsport and Farmers Guardian

About Professional Pensions

Professional Pensions is the UK’s leading pensions publication and events brand. It was first launched in 1995 as a monthly magazine before going weekly in 1997. Its website was launched in 2001. PP organises the UK Pensions Awards, the industry’s flagship accolades that are now in their 22nd year. It also organises a number of conferences and events, including Pensions and Benefits UK (now Professional Pensions Live) and the PP DC Conference.

For more information on the new look Professional Pensions, watch our latest video here or visit

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

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

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

Professional Pensions unveils redesigned website

Professional Pensions is the most respected information brand in the UK institutional investment sector, and is highly valued for the expert commentary and insight it delivers. has been rebuilt following extensive user research and in-depth analysis of digital best practice, reflecting increasing mobile usage and the changing information needs of the brand’s audience.

The new site has a fully responsive user interface, ensuring it works effectively on tablets and smartphones, and has been simplified for ease of access on a range of devices.

It also has enhanced social sharing, better use of rich media and allows easier access to the brand’s 15-year digital archive.

Kevin Sinclair, publishing director at Incisive Media, says: “The end result of the changes we hope is a vastly improved user experience for our audience. This will allow us to consolidate our position as the most trusted information source for pension professionals in the UK.

“I hope our readers enjoy using the new-look We look forward to rolling out further enhancements to the site in the months to come.”

The new website was redeveloped by Incisive Media’s in-house digital team, with significant input from editorial, sales and product teams.

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