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IFA Excellence Awards

IFA Excellence Awards "Independent Advice Award winners revealed"

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Private Client Adviser
15 Aug 2014

Australia’s leading non-aligned financial advice businesses and practitioners have been recognised at the ifa Excellence Awards event in Sydney today.

An industry first, the ifa Excellence Awards celebrate best practice advice provision and business acumen in the independently-owned sector of the financial planning market.

Claire Mackay of Sydney boutique Quantum Financial has been awarded the coveted ifa Excellence Award, chosen from all of the winners of the individual adviser awards. Ms Mackay was also crowned Investment Adviser of The Year. 

“Claire exemplifies the ethics and high quality advice services of the independent financial advice sector,” said ifa publisher Russell Stephenson. 

Over 350 of the nation’s top advisers and industry executives gathered at the Australian Technology Park for the inaugural awards, created to recognise professional excellence and highlight the sector’s top individuals and businesses.

Mr Stephenson said the awards are a strong endorsement of the important work being conducted by independent and non-aligned advice professionals across the country, helping people to achieve their financial goals.

“This event is a milestone for this growing sector of the market and we congratulate all finalists and winners.”


Other winners announced today are:

• Industry Thought Leader: Sarah Riegelhuth, Wealth Enhancers

• Practice Principal of the Year: Ravi Agarwal, MEDIQ Financial Services

• Boutique Firm of the Year: Hewison Private Wealth
• Dealer Group of the Year: Financial Index Wealth Accountants

• ifa Editor’s Choice Award: Don Trapnell, Synchron 

• Best New Licensee: GPS Wealth

• Best Client Servicing (company): Jensen Financial Planning

• Best Client Servicing (individual): David Marasea, Shadforth Financial Group

• Innovator of the Year (company): Omniwealth Services

• Innovator of the Year (individual): Charles Badenach, Main Street Financial Solutions

• SMSF Adviser of the Year: Tim Mackay, Quantum Financial

• Multi-service Practitioner of the Year: James Walker-Powell, More4Life Financial Services

• Rookie Adviser of the Year: Stephen Godfrey, VISIS Private Wealth


Hewison Private Wealth is a Melbourne based independent financial planning firm. Our financial advisers are highly qualified wealth managers and specialise in self managed super funds (SMSF), financial planning, retirement planning advice and investment portfolio management. If you would like to speak to a financial adviser on how you can secure your financial future please contact us 03 8548 4800, email info@hewison.com.au or visit www.hewison.com.auPlease note: The advice provided above is general information only and individuals should seek specialised advice from a qualified financial advisor. The views in this blog are those of the individual and may not represent the general opinion of the firm. Please contact Hewison Private Wealth for more information.