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PENSION SCHEME AWARDS

1. Irish Pension Scheme of the Year
Awarded to the Irish pension scheme that has proved itself to be a leader in the challenging world of pension provision, be it a DB, DC or hybrid scheme. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Bank of Ireland Staff Retirement Savings Plan (RetireWell)

2. Pension Trustee Board of the Year
Trustee boards have an increasingly vital and difficult role to play in the pensions space. We reward those boards that have risen to the challenges to meet the needs of the Irish pension members they are there to serve. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS) 

3. Pension Scheme Innovation
This award aims to give recognition to the pension scheme that has pushed the boundaries of pension provision by applying innovation and dynamism in the design and/or management of its scheme. Enter here

4. Best Use of Investment Strategy
This award aims to give recognition to the pension scheme that has pushed the boundaries of pension provision by applying innovation and dynamism in the design and/or management of its scheme. Enter here
2017 WINNER: AIB Defined Contribution Pension Scheme

5. Best Use of Risk Management
Awarded to the pension scheme that has best applied risk management practices and risk controls in the running of its scheme at a time when risk management is higher than ever on pension boards’ agendas. Enter here

6. Best Use of Administration
Adequate administration is key when it comes to the effective running of a pension scheme. We look to reward those pension funds that have worked hard to improve their admin practices to the benefit of their members. Enter here

7. Best Communication Strategy
This award aims to recognise those pension schemes that have pushed the boundaries when it comes to their communications strategy in order to ensure they truly engage with their members. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Schneider Electric Ireland Limited

PENSION PROVIDER AWARDS

8. Pensions Consultancy of the Year
Awarded to the pensions/investment/actuarial consultancy firm that the judges believe has delivered outstanding service to its pension fund clients in the last year; has shown a dedication to the delivery of pension scheme consultancy; and has demonstrated a superior understanding of the market's needs. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Mercer

9. Excellence in DC Award
With a new category launched this year, we recognise those firms that stand out among the rest in the provision of DC services, be that with the use of innovation, dynamic investment solutions, effective communication or otherwise. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Allied Pension Trustees

10. Investment Manager of the Year
This award will recognise excellence in investment management at one of the most challenging times in Irish pensions history. When rising longevity rates coupled with investment market turmoil has put the pressure on investment managers to perform, innovation, dedication, sophistication and foresight have become the essential tenets of any investment manager hoping to succeed. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Irish Life Investment Managers

11. Equities Manager of the Year
This award will celebrate those managers who have led the way in managing equities in the past 12 months. The winner who is finally chosen will be the firm that has proved itself to be the most exceptional player of all entrants in the industry with its excellence in managing equities, and has proved itself truly invaluable to Irish pension funds today. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Irish Life Investment Managers

12. Fixed Income Manager of the Year
Irish pension funds rely on fixed income for a reliable revenue stream, and as a result the fixed income market is now as diverse and sophisticated as any other. This award will recognise managers that offer a real specialisation in this area and can offer their pension clients a variety of solutions to meet the ever changing market conditions. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Insight Investment

13. Property Manager of the Year
Property has gained true recognition as an essential asset class for pension funds seeking to diversify their portfolios, with managers seeking out returns from both the traditional and less accessible property market across the world. This award will recognise those managers that have proved themselves in the field of property investment, have shown innovation in their product offerings, and have displayed an excellence and consistency in their management of this diverse and exciting asset class. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Friends First

14. Alternatives Investment Manager of the Year
As alternatives play an ever greater role in the majority of pension fund portfolios, this category aims to reward the leaders in the provision of hedge funds, hedge funds of funds, private equity funds, commodities and other alternative investment classes. The winner will be the nominee that has proved itself the best of the best in their field and has shown a commitment to the Irish pensions market with its product offerings. Enter here
2017 WINNER: AQR Capital Management

15. Law Firm of the Year
Many legal firms offer services for pension funds, but not all show a dedication to understanding the complexities facing pension funds in these challenging times. This award will award the firm that stands out in its dedication to understanding the complexities of pensions legislation, and works with its clients to see them through the legal maze. Enter here

16. Pension Scheme Administrator of the Year
The key role of the administrator is often overlooked but without an excellent administration service the pension fund member could not receive the level of service they deserve. This award recognises those administration firms that have gone beyond the minimum standards required to offer a truly value added service to their clients. Enter here
2017 WINNER: New Ireland Assurance

17. Custodian of the Year
The role of the pension fund custodian is an ever changing one, as products and services evolve to match changing pension fund needs. This award will recognise those custodians that have proved themselves as leaders in this market with their excellence, innovation and dedication to meeting their Irish pension funds’ demands in today’s market. Enter here

18. Communication Award
This award will recognise those firms that have used innovation and/or creativity to help improve pensions communication, be it through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Aviva Life & Pensions

19. Innovation Award
This award will recognise those firms that have brought innovation to the pensions marketplace, be it through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. This category has been designed in response to the market volatility and to recognise those firms that have responded to market pressures with originality and creativity. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Legal & General Investment Management

20. Risk Management Provider of the Year
With risk management at the top of pension schemes’ agendas, de-risking propositions have flooded the market. We award the provider that has provided innovative solutions to truly help Irish pension schemes to manage, or remove, their risks. Enter here
2017 WINNER: BMO Global Asset Management

21. Pension Broker/Financial Advisor of the Year
Awarded to the Broker / Financial Advisor that the judges believe has delivered exceptional service to its clients in the area of pensions; and has displayed a true understanding of the market's needs given the current environment. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Harvest Financial Services Limited

22. Passive Manager of the Year
This award celebrates the manager that demonstrates strong returns, provides excellent customer service and shows a true understanding of the needs of their clients. Enter here
2017 WINNER: BlackRock

23. Infrastructure Manager of the Year
At one of the most challenging times in pension fund investment, Infrastructure is now being taken seriously as an asset class among pension investors. We recognise those players that understand this complex asset class and are working hard to help pension funds reap the potential rewards. Enter here
2017 WINNER: AMP Capital

24. Emerging Markets Manager of the Year
Seeking out potential in the less developed markets is a challenging role at which only the best can succeed; yet for those that do, the rewards for pension funds investing in this area can be great. This award recognises those managers that have shown a dedication to the emerging markets space with a view to achieving performance often in areas where information flow is in short supply. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Muzinich & Co.

25. Pensions Technology Provider of the Year
Effective and reliable pensions technology is essential for the successful running of any pension fund. This award will recognise those firms that are leaders in the field of Irish pensions technology, and ultimately reward who is the best of the best. Enter here
2017 WINNER: Exaxe

26. Independent Trustee Firm of the Year
The pensions space has become a minefield for pension scheme trustees struggling to cope with changing regulation, governance pressures and investment challenges, which is why the role of the independent trustee firm has become key. This awards looks to give recognition to those firms that truly assist pension schemes in managing their day-to-day challenges. Enter here
2017 WINNER: ITC Group

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

27. Irish Pensions Personality of the Year
This award (voted for by our readers) aims to recognise those individuals that have truly made their mark in the Irish pensions space in recent years. Nominees can include anyone who has had an influential role in the Irish pension sphere - be they a government representative, someone from a pensions association, someone working for a service provider (such as an asset manager or a consultant), or someone working for a pension fund.To make your nomination, please send the name and job title of the person you wish to nominate, a large high resolution photograph and a description (in no more than 100 words) of why you think they deserve to win this prestigious award to francesca.fabrizi@europeanpensions.net
2017 WINNER: Jim Foley

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