City A.M. launches annual awards for 2013

City A.M. is today launching its fourth annual awards. The event, which celebrates those who have helped put the City of London at the centre of the world’s financial markets, will take place on 13 November at the Grange Hotel near St Paul’s.

The event has already become a much anticipated occasion in the City calendar, where senior decision-makers from all parts of the financial industry look forward to meeting and sharing their experiences as the winners are unveiled.

“I’m delighted to be launching our fourth annual awards,” said City A.M. editor Allister Heath.

“I think most people agree that in a very short space of time we have established a much loved event that is already one of the highlights of the City calendar.

“I am very pleased on this occasion to welcome Lexus back again as our headline sponsor.”

Last year’s awards were made memorable by a rousing introductory speech from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and there was a Personality of the Year award for Lord Sebastian Coe following his immense achievements in putting the London Olympics together.

Today we are launching the entry process for those of you who want to apply for the awards or nominate an individual or a business. All applications will be considered by the editorial team, who then select a short-list that will be published in the newspaper. The final decision is taken by a panel of judges (see below right), who will meet ahead of the ceremony to choose this year’s winners.

Lexus is sponsoring the Personality of the Year category as well as the Innovative Company of the Year award. Paul Marshall, general manager of marketing and strategy at Lexus, said that he saw the association with the awards as “an excellent opportunity for Lexus to associate itself with the best individuals and companies in the City”.

There will be awards in 14 categories up for grabs. Many City businesses have already reserved tables for what has become a truly uplifting occasion. Don’t miss it this year. Tables of 10 cost £2,750 plus VAT.

Finally, an already powerful judging panel has been enhanced this year by the introduction for the first time of Xavier Rolet and PWC’s Ian Powell. Welcome on board. For more details go to www.cityamawards.com.

MEET THIS YEAR’S JUDGING PANEL

ALLISTER HEATH

Allister, editor of City A.M., chairs the judging session. Last year’s session lasted nearly two hours and was notable for its lively and good humoured debate. Allister holds the casting vote if our judges are tied.

DAVID HELLIER

David, City A.M.’s deputy editor, has helped select the distinguished panel. In putting the group together he has ensured the members are exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable.

ALISON CARNWATH

Alison, a former investment banker at Schroders, has since taken up a number of directorships. She is chair of Land Securities and on the board of Man Group and Zurich.

NIGEL BOARDMAN

Nigel is one of the City’s best known corporate lawyers. He joined Slaughter & May, where he remains a partner, in 1973, and has worked with most of the big companies at one time or another.

SIMON BORROWS

Simon returns to the judging panel after a two year absence following his career change, which took him from being an investment banker at Greenhill to chief executive at the private equity giant 3i.

SIR ROGER CARR

Sir Roger is one of the UK’s best known businessmen, and is currently president of the CBI, the employers’ group. He is also chairman of Centrica and a senior independent director of the Court of the Bank of England.

KATHERINE GARRETT-COX

Katherine was appointed chief executive of Britain’s largest investment trust, Alliance Trust, in 2008. She has enjoyed a 21 year career in the investment industry, starting out as a portfolio manager at Hill Samuel.

SIMON MACKENZIE-SMITH

Simon joins us on the panel for the third year in a row. As chairman of investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the UK and Ireland he’s spearheaded dozens of deals.

IAN POWELL

Ian also joins the panel for the first time this year and we warmly welcome him on board. Ian was elected chairman and senior partner of the UK firm of PwC in 2008 and re-elected for a second term in 2012.

PHIL RAPER

Phil is head of UK equity capital markets and chairman of corporate broking at Goldman Sachs. He joined the firm in 2000 and was named managing director in the same year.

XAVIER ROLET

Xavier needs no introduction to readers of this newspaper. He’s chief executive of the London Stock Exchange and joins the panel for the first time this year.

ROLAND RUDD

There can be few better connected people than Roland, who is the co-founder of RLM Finsbury, the City’s top financial public relations firm. Roland was recently polled as the City’s most influential PR man.

SIR MARTIN SORREL

Sir Martin returns to the panel after an absence of one year. He’s chief executive of WPP, one of the world’s largest advertising groups.