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Our judging panel

Meet our esteemed panel of industry experts who will pick our winners and runners-up for this year's awards.

Mike Taylor
Managing Director of Air

Mike is the Managing Director of Air.  He has held many senior roles and has 30 years industry experience across both Protection and the Later Life markets.

Simon Little
Chief Commerical Officer at Taylor Williams

From strategy to implementation Simon helps companies in the Later Life Lending and Retirement Income sector. His strength in creating innovative solutions for those about to reach retirement or are already in retirement whether that be through smart product development or identifying new business opportunities.

Andrew Kerry
Financial Solutions Manager of Step Change

Andrew leads the Charity’s Financial Solutions team and has worked for the charity for over 6 years. He has worked in senior management roles for a number of years, within the mortgage advisory teams at a large national Building Society

David Forsdyke
Partner, Later Life Finance at Knight Frank

David is regarded as an expert in the Later Life Lending market, having spent 6 years with the Financial Conduct Authority and also 2 years as a member of the Equity Release Council’s Standards Board.

Adam Carnall
Head of Partnerships at Forever Legal

Adam has over 18 years experience in the lifetime mortgage business, with expertise in manufacturing, distribution and legal services.

Sue Read
Risk, Policy and Compliance Manager of Equity Release Council

Sue joined the Equity Release Council as their Risk, Policy and Compliance Manager in January 2021. She has had a long career in financial services, principally as a mortgage adviser and compliance officer.

Angela Robertson
Head of Retirement Distribution (UK) at Aviva

Angela is Head of Retirement Distribution (UK) at Aviva. She has held many senior roles and has over 30 years industry experience, operating across a number of markets including wealth and protection.

Richard Merrett
Head of Strategic Development (Mortgages) at SimplyBiz

Richard sits on both the Mortgages Senior Management and Fintel Group Operational Leadership teams with responsibility for helping to shape and create the future direction of the mortgage club.

John Somerville
Head of Financial Services, Corporate & Professional Learning at The London Institute of Banking & Finance

John has been involved in Regulated Financial Services for the last 30 years and has worked as a Financial Adviser, Regional Manager and Business Development Manager for leading financial services companies such as Aviva, AXA, and Legal and General.

Paul Glynn
CEO at Air Group

Paul has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with expertise in the later life market. 

He previously held senior roles connecting partners and customers through data analytics and has fostered strong industry relationships in various markets. His career thrives on data-driven distribution and developing strategic partnerships.

Liz Murley
Adviser at Viva

Liz has over 40 years-experience in the financial services sector in the UK primarily in the advice and regulatory arena with a major UK bank.

Emma Graham
Business Development Director at Hodge

Emma’s role is to build and implement Hodge’s distribution strategy and oversee the wider sales function in its mortgages sector. Prior to working at Hodge, Emma spent four years as National Account Manager at the Principality Building Society where she worked to acquire, grow and maintain collaborative long-term relationships with mortgage networks and mortgage clubs for the Building Society.

Best Adviser Support (Firm)

In a complex and fast-moving market, providing advisers with support to help them keep their finger on the pulse has been critical. Whether it’s latest products, updates in technology or adapting to regulatory change, lenders have had to constantly evolve their support. So who’s done this best?