Five judges confirmed for Yorkshire Financial Awards 2020

Five experts join the Yorkshire Financial Awards 2020 judging panel

The first five judges for the Yorkshire Financial Awards 2020 have been confirmed.

Cristina Serrano will lead the judging panel as chair. She is the immediate past director of memberships and member of the executive board at Women in Banking and Finance.

She recently stepped down from the role to take on a promotion to head of global institutional business at Santander Asset Management, where she was previously head of institutional sales for the EMEA.

As chair of the judging panel, Cristina will lead debate and discussion on entries from Yorkshire’s best and brightest financial services organisations for the 2020 event. The judges are experts in a range of financial services areas, hailing from both Yorkshire and elsewhere to ensure a robust judging process.

Also on the judging panel is Miles Celic, chief executive officer TheCityUK.

Miles is a member of the HM Treasury Financial Services Trade and Investment Board and a member of the board of UK Finance.

He began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and others. He moved on to work in UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues.

Miles subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies.

Andrew Evans, deputy chair of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Yorkshire branch, brings significant experience in dealing with high net worth individuals to the judging panel.

He is a private client solicitor with almost 20 years of experience. He advises on families estate planning, particularly high net worth individuals and those with complicated business and family arrangements.

Appointed as a partner at Ward Hadaway in 2014, Evans is heads up the Leeds private client department, working closely with the law firm’s corporate and commercial clients.

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director Henri Murison has also joined the judging panel.

Murison is the first permanent director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which was established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive the region’s economy.

During the last decade, Murison has held senior public policy roles in both the public and private sectors across the North of England.

Hilary McVitty of the Building Societies Association (BSA) is also a judge for the Yorkshire Financial Awards 2020.

She was appointed to the role of head of external affairs at the BSA in the summer of 2011. Before joining the BSA, she spent many years in senior communication roles both in the building society and banking sectors.

The BSA is the trade body that represents building societies and has all 43 societies and five of the largest credit unions as members. Five of those building societies are based in Yorkshire.

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