Pensions Age Awards 2014 - winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Pensions Age awards were announced at a ceremony in London last night.

Among the 26 winners were Dyfed Pension Fund which was recognised as the defined benefit scheme of the year, and Total UK Pension Plan was awarded defined contribution scheme of the year.

The trustee board of the year award went to Zurich Insurance Group, while Royal Mail’s Pension Service Centre received the pensions administration award.

Around 400 key pensions professionals and trustees gathered at a sold-out black tie event at the prestigious Millennium Hotel, to celebrate the sector’s achievements over the past year.

More than 200 high-quality entries were received, and they were evaluated by an independent panel of 23 pensions experts.

Pensions Age publisher John Woods thanked the judges for their efforts, and the overall sponsor ITM and gold sponsors Legal & General Investment Management, Newton, and Partnership without whom the event “would not have been possible”.

“The response to these awards from right across the sector has been fantastic,” Woods said. “From the judging process right through to last night’s ceremony, this first event has been a tremendous success.”

“In particular, I’d like to congratulate all the winners who were richly-deserving of their accolades. We look forward to taking this event forward in the future, and continuing to provide a forum for the industry to celebrate the many things it does so well.”

The full list of winners is available below.

Winners
DC pension scheme of the year
Winner: Total UK Pension Plan

DB pension scheme of the year
Winner: Dyfed Pension Fund

Pensions trustee board of the year
Winner: Zurich Insurance Group

Best risk management exercise
Winner: BAE Systems

Pension scheme communication
Winner: Jelf Employee Benefits
Highly commended: Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Best auto-enrolment implementation
Winner: E:ON

Pensions administration
Winner: Pensions Service Centre, Royal Mail Highly commended: Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Best investment strategy
MNOPF Trustees Ltd

Innovation award
Winner: Merseyside Pension Fund
Highly commended: BAE Systems

Pensions consultancy of the year
Winner: Capita Employee Benefits

Fiduciary management provider of the year
Winner: Cardano

Pensions technology firm of the year
Winner: GBST Wealth Management

At-retirement solutions provider of the year
Winner: Jelf Employee Benefits

Independent trustee firm of the year
Winner: PTL
Highly commended: Dalriada Trustees

Pensions law firm of the year
Winner: Eversheds
Highly commended: Allen&Overy

Pensions accountancy firm of the year
Winner: Crowe Clark Whitehill

Passive manager of the year
Winner: LGIM

Active manager of the year
Winner: M&G

Equities manager of the year
Winner: Majedie
Highly commended: Vontobel

Fixed income manager of the year
Winner: M&G Investments

Alternatives manager of the year
Winner: BlackRock

Emerging markets manager of the year
Winner: Hermes Fund Managers

Property manager of the year
Winner: L&G Property

LDI manager of the year
Winner: LGIM

Index provider of the year
Winner: Russell Investments

Risk management provider of the year
Winner: L&G

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