Citywealth Future Leaders Awards

The inaugural Future Leaders Awards took place last night at the 5 star Grange Holborn Hotel in the City of London. 
The winners were announced after an afternoon of lectures where social media and effective communications proficiency were the main topics. Speaker David Gilroy, founder of Conscious Solutions shared his pearls of wisdom. Some of his advice included not to tweet after 6.30 pm when some alcohol intake might prompt you to post something that you might regret the next day, and do not get into an argument online. And ask yourself the question, is the post something that you could tell your mother? He reminded the audience that weather it's Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or any one of the other 329 social media channels in existence, engagement is more important than the number of followers. He finished his session with  a quiz game on Kahoot that engaged the audience and the winner was awarded a bottle of champagne.

Then it was the turn of the very charismatic Steven Pearce, MD of SPA who spoke about networking skills and how to get the best out of social gatherings to make lasting and fruitful business connections.

After some drinks and canapes, the guests were ushered back in the room for the announcement of the award winners.

The event was hosted by the hilarious comic rapper Chris Turner, causing a lot of merriment in the room. His incredible talent for improvising raps on the most random topics had everybody in stitches and earned him rapturous applause.

Gold, silver and bronze awards were announced in eighteen categories. The Editor's Choice Award went to Gemma Willingham, from law firm Baker & McKenzie, while James Sellon from Maseco Private Wealth, scooped the  Entrepreneurial Individual of the Year Award.

The Future Leaders Under 40 Awards recognise the excellence of young professionals within the wealth management sector in furthering their career through their ambition, leadership qualities and communication skills.