The winners of the Insider North West Young Professionals Awards have been revealed. The awards, which recognised talent from across the region for the first time, gathered together more than 300 professionals to celebrate the successes of the last 12 months. Two new awards – the Judges’ Award and the Team of the Year – were introduced for 2013 to recognise the outstanding contributions from the region’s young guns.

Insider editor Chris Maguire praised the impact of the “high flyers” recognised in the awards. He said: “The professional community provides services for businesses globally – we hope tonight plays a small part in persuading the brightest candidates that they have great career prospects, good salaries and a good quality of life here in the North West. Tonight we will be acknowledging those very special young people aged 35 or under, who have made a real difference over the last 12 months with their dedication, expertise and dynamic approach.

TEAM OF THE YEAR: Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services Team


The Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services Team was started at a difficult time in the local market but you wouldn’t know. While there is a tendency for due diligence work to be awarded to more established names, this team have been winning work and building traction in the top tier.

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Young Accountant of the Year Winner: Fran Whittle, KPMG

Young Banker and Financier/Funder of the Year Winner: Seth Vaughan, Yorkshire Bank

Young Professional Working in Industry Winner: Nicola Barr, BetFred

Young Lawyer of the Year Winner: Paul Walsh, DLA Piper

Young Marketing & Media Professional Winner: Clare Lydon, GT Create

Young Property Professional Winner: Euan Kellie, Euan Kellie Property Solutions

Young Financial Adviser Winner: Jon Walker, Investec Wealth & Investment

Judges’ Award Winner: Chris Wright, Rothschild