The awards are open to those working for firms operating in the UK's pensions industry as well as those either working for or governing individual occupational pension schemes. Nominees can be involved in roles including, but not limited to, pensions management, trusteeship, actuarial, pensions and investment consulting; legal advice; investment management; fiduciary management; scheme administration; member communications. Nominations can also be made for those involved other roles, such as sales and marketing, at organisations whose primary business or role is related to occupational pensions.

There is no limit on the number of nominations or categories. Women currently on maternity leave can also be nominated.

Nominees will be judged on their achievements during 2018/2019, apart from those entering the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award ***NEW FOR 2019***

In recognition of a woman who has risen to the top of the UK pensions career ladder and is an inspiration to future female leaders.

Pensions Woman of the Year

Open to women whose overall achievements and work within the broader UK occupational pensions sector have helped raise the profile of the sector as a career for women either through education, training, leadership, mentoring or acting as a role model. The award is not specific to any particular role - and is open to those involved in roles such as pensions management, trusteeship, consulting; legal advice and scheme administration - but the nominee must be able to demonstrate their influence in attracting and/or retaining women into pensions during 2018/2019.

Pensions Manager of the Year

This category is open to women working in senior roles in UK in-house company pension schemes. The award is open to people at ‘head of pensions' or ‘pensions director' levels but also open to those on the senior management team of in-house schemes - such as those leading the investment or administration functions of a scheme. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Trustee of the Year

This accolade aims to recognise women in UK pension trusteeship and is open to both professional (independent) and lay trustees. This award will serve as inspiration for other women to consider a role as a pension scheme trustee. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Adviser of the Year

This accolade aims to recognise women in UK pension trusteeship and is open to both professional (independent) and lay trustees. This award will serve as inspiration for other women to consider a role as a pension scheme trustee. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Lawyer of the Year ***NEW FOR 2019***

Open to women working as a lawyer or legal adviser to a UK pension scheme, either in-house or at an external firm. This award will serve as inspiration for other women to consider a career in the field, so is particularly suitable for those with at least five years' experience in the field. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Saleswoman/Marketer of the Year ***NEW FOR 2019***

Open to women working as in a sales or marketing role in a firm that provides products and services to UK occupational pension schemes. This award will serve as inspiration for other women to consider a career in the field, so is particularly suitable for those with at least five years' experience in the field. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Administrator of the Year

Open to women administrating UK pension schemes, either as part of an in-house team or at a third-party administration business. This award will serve as inspiration for other women to consider a career in pensions administration, so is particularly suitable for those with at least five years' experience in administration. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Investment Manager of the Year

Open to women managing investments for UK pension schemes, either as part of an in-house team or at a third-party asset management business. Nominees can be the lead or part of a joint all female or mixed gender management team. This award will serve as inspiration for other women to consider a career in pensions investment management and will therefore be judged primarily on qualitative factors, rather than performance. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Rising Star Award

Open to women in the UK occupational pensions sector who have made a strong impact in a short space of time; have impressed colleagues with their desire to succeed and strive to achieve excellence in the workplace; and are most likely to progress further. There is no age limit and candidates can be graduates, non-graduates, trainees, managers, or have perhaps transferred from a different industry into the pensions sector. Nominees must be working for less than five years in UK occupational pensions on 31st March 2019, and will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Change Excellence of the Year ***NEW FOR 2019***

Open to women in the UK occupational pensions sector who have made a valuable business contribution by driving through change. This could be related to a project, product, task or process. The nominee must have a lead or key role in delivering change and must either be ongoing or have taken place in 2018/2019.

Mentor of the Year

Open to men and women in the pensions sector who have supported and encouraged women to fulfil their potential within the workplace. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Role Model of the Year

Open to women in the pensions sector who have helped inspire others to fulfil their potential and achieve excellence in the workplace. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Team Leader of the Year

Open to women in the pensions sector who head up a team and can demonstrate excellence in leadership, communication and vision. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements in 2018/2019.

Most Inspiring Returner

For women who have returned to work in pensions following maternity leave and have provided inspiration and acted as a role model to women looking to achieve the balance between work and family life. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements over the 2018/2019 year.

***ORGANISATIONAL AWARD*** Award for Supporting Diversity

Open to companies in the pensions sector and pension schemes who have supported and facilitated initiatives to improve diversity within the organisation. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate their achievements over the 2018/2019 year.

Notes:

Only entries via the nomination system will be considered. It is up to the nominators to ensure contact details of those being nominated are correct. The panel reserves the right to close a category should the quality of entrants be deemed too low to judge; remove an entry if in the opinion of the judges the criteria has not been followed; or suggest another more appropriate category for entrants. The panel will take into account nominee responses as well as third-party research such as websites and social media. The panel reserves the right to use public voting where appropriate. The decision of the chairperson is final.