State Street Institutional Press Awards – IFA Magazine celebrates Rebecca Tomes success in shortlisting as ‘best newcomer’

by | Nov 16, 2022

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As leading financial provider, State Street, announces the winners of its prestigious 2022 UK institutional press awards,  IFA Magazine is super proud to reveal that our very own Junior Editor, Rebecca Tomes, has featured in this year’s starring line up.

In a tough competition which was judged by an independent panel of industry professionals, Bex has done incredibly well to be shortlisted in State Street’s ‘best newcomer’ section. The whole team here at IFA Magazine congratulate her on her success. She began her journalistic career in the summer of 2021, working within IFA Magazine’s editorial team. As Junior Editor, Bex is not only an incredibly capable individual but is also a key member of our team and clearly has a fantastic career ahead of her.  

Rebecca comments: “I feel extremely honoured and proud to be shortlisted for this category – and it really is down to the wonderful IFA Magazine team who have gone above and beyond to provide me with amazing support and mentoring. The article I submitted for this award was on diversity and inclusion in financial services, which is a subject that is very close to my heart, and a conversation I am determined to keep going!”

Alex Sullivan, Managing Partner, IFA Magazine, comments: I am so pleased and proud that Bex’s achievements have been recognised by State Street and the judges in this way, with her being shortlisted in the category of “best newcomer’. On behalf of the whole IFA Magazine team, I not only wish to congratulate Bex but also all the other winners and shortlisted candidates on their success in this year’s awards. Well done to you all!”


Earlier today, State Street Corporation announced the winners of its twenty-first State Street UK Institutional Press Awards in recognition of outstanding performance in institutional financial services journalism.

Building on the success of previous years, it says “the 2022 awards honour the contributions of journalists covering institutional investment, pensions, investor services, technology, ESG and diversity and inclusion themes over the past year.”

Entries were judged by an independent panel of industry professionals led by veteran freelance journalists Padraig Floyd and Lynn Strongin Dodds. The two lead judges were supported by respected figures from the European financial services industry including Andy Griffiths, Executive Director, The Investor Forum; Kristina Ingate, Director for Governance and Company Secretary, London CIV; Dan Melley, Head of Investments, Mercer; Miranda Seath, Director of Market Insight and Fund Sectors, The Investment Association; and Karis Stander, Director, Culture, Talent & Inclusion, at the Investment Association and Managing Director, Investment20/20.


Cuan Coulter, State Street UK country head comments: “We congratulate all of this year’s shortlisted journalists and winners. With a record breaking number of entries surpassing the 200 mark this year, the awards continue to recognize outstanding journalism and acknowledge the vital role that the financial media play as educators and information providers in a rapidly moving sector and news cycle.”

The full list of State Street Award winners and shortlisted entrants are as follows:

  1. Journalist of the Year – Pensions:
  • Stephanie Hawthorne, Freelance [Winner]
  • Maria Espadinha, Pensions Expert [Shortlisted]
  • Martin George, Local Government Chronicle [Shortlisted]
  • Charlotte Moore, Freelance [Shortlisted]
  • Hope William-Smith, Professional Pensions [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Regulation:
  • Elizabeth Meager, Capital Monitor [Winner]
  • Stephanie Baxter, Rhotic Media [Shortlisted]
  • Robert Van Egghen, Ignites Europe [Shortlisted]
  • Attracta Mooney, Financial Times [Shortlisted]
  • David Ricketts, Financial News [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Investment:
  • Luke Clancy, [Winner]
  • Yuri Bender, Professional Wealth Management [Shortlisted]
  • Vibeka Mair, Capital Monitor [Shortlisted]
  • Laurie McAughtry, The TRADE [Shortlisted]
  • Nick Reeve, Rhotic Media [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Business Market Commentary:
  • Yuri Bender, Professional Wealth Management [Winner]
  • Mike Scott, Freelance [Shortlisted]
  • Vibeka Mair, Capital Monitor [Shortlisted]
  • Yuri Bender, Professional Wealth Management [Shortlisted]
  • James Gard, Morningstar [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Investor Services:
  • Nick Fitzpatrick, Funds Europe [Winner]
  • Stephanie Baxter, Rhotic Media [Shortlisted]
  • Alex Lynn, Private Equity International [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the year – Alternatives:
  • Andy Thomson, Private Debt Investor [Winner]
  • James Baxter-Derrington, Investment Week [Shortlisted]
  • Nick Reeve, Rhotic Media [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Passive investment / Indexing (including ETFs):
  • Charlotte Moore, Freelance [Winner]
  • Sophie Baker, Pensions and Investments [Shortlisted]
  • Andrew Holt, Portfolio Institutional [Shortlisted]
  • Steve Johnson, Financial Times [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Technology & Digital Finance
  • Liz Lumley, The Banker [Winner]
  • Luke Clancy, [Shortlisted]
  • Stephanie Hawthorne, Freelance [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – Diversity & Inclusion:
  • Paul Clarke, Financial News [Winner]
  • Carmella Haswell, Securities Finance Times [Shortlisted]
  • Attracta Mooney, Financial Times [Shortlisted]
  1. Journalist of the Year – ESG:
  • Attracta Mooney, Financial Times [Winner]
  • Stephanie Hawthorne, Freelance [Shortlisted]
  • Charlotte Moore, Freelance [Shortlisted]
  1. Breaking News Journalist of the Year:
  • Attracta Mooney, Financial Times [Winner]
  • Dan Barnes, The Desk [Shortlisted]
  • Paul Clarke, Financial News [Shortlisted]
  1. Best Newcomer
  • Nicola Blackburn, Citywire New Model Adviser [Winner]
  • Rebecca Tomes, IFA Magazine [Shortlisted]
  • Dominic Webb, Responsible Investor [Shortlisted]
  1. Best Editorial Comment
  • Daniel Flatt, Capital Monitor [Winner]
  • Alex Janiaud, Pensions Expert [Shortlisted]
  • David Walker, Insurance Asset Risk [Shortlisted]
  1. Outstanding Contribution to Journalism 2022:
  • David Ricketts, Financial News [Winner]
Rebecca Tomes

Rebecca Tomes joined IFA Magazine’s editorial team in 2021, as a trainee writer, after receiving a master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics from Cardiff University. She was promoted to Junior Editor at the start of this year.

Read Bex’s article on the incredibly important topic of D&I, here


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