Judges

The Magic Circle Awards will be judged by our esteemed panel of wealth advisors, who have given up their precious time to assess and evaluate each and every one of our entrants.
Karen Jones
CEO
Citywealth

Karen founded Citywealth after a career at News International, The Times, and Sunday Times in the legal, financial and recruitment sections. She also ran the Legalease flagship title Legal Business/Asia Pacific Legal 500, and launched Legal Business Awards and Legal 500 parties. Karen then took over In Brief magazine, where she grew the organisation from a buyout where it had gone bankrupt to a successful £500,000-a-year publishing and events business. Her work as a Citywealth CEO was recognised by four New York Stevie Awards: Women helping women (2014, 2015), Innovator of the year (2015), and Entrepreneur of the year (2015).

Babor Hussain
Managing Director - Strategic Partners
Barclays Private Bank

Babor started his career in Investment Banking prior to moving to Barclays in 2006. Babor is the founder of the Strategic Partners team in UK Private Bank, formed to focus on the Private Equity ecosystem covering Private Equity, Venture Capitalists and High Growth Company founders, He also has extensive experience with UK Resident Non-Domiciled clients. Babor is an exceptional leader and is a key driver in delivering Private Bank’s largest revenues – managing the personal affairs of some of the Bank’s most strategic corporate clients on a personal basis and in collaboration with his colleagues across the Corporate and Investment Bank.

Strategic Partners AUM stands at £2.2bn and produces revenue of £15m+ per annum. Babor has a wealth of experience across global markets in origination and structuring, investment and private banking, specializing in Equity Capital markets and cross border tax planning.

Paula Steele
Broking Director
John Lamb Hill Oldridge

Paula has significant experience in the Financial Services industry having led John Lamb, the UK’s leading adviser to Landed Estates and their families, for over 40 years then most recently overseeing the company’s merger with Hill Oldridge where she is now Broking Director.

Paula has extensive knowledge and expertise across all areas of financial planning. Specialising in resolving particularly complex and challenging issues for individuals and families, Paula and has specific expertise in life assurance, equity release and later life planning.

Paula’s professional accreditations include Chartered Financial Planner, IMC and being an affiliate of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). She has also played an important role in improving standards throughout the financial advice industry and has been the recipient of many awards, most recently receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2022.

Edward Goodchild
Founder
Chawker & Co

Edward is an experienced and entrepreneurial adviser with a blue-chip background as an investment expert. He has 26 years of client facing investment experience as an institutional equity portfolio manager and analyst, as a private client adviser, and as an investment consultant to significant private capital. This breadth and depth of experience is invaluable to clients as they benefit from his perspective, knowledge and understanding. His clients include individuals, families, trusts and charities. Edward is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI (FCSI), a Chartered Wealth Manager, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).

Rhona Humphreys
Compliance & Operations Director
Imperium

Rhona joined Imperium in 2012,  bringing with her 25 years’ experience in the Guernsey fiduciary sector. Previously Rhona was Director of locally-based Ardel Trust Company, where she was responsible for the organisation’s trust and company management and administration team. This included work relating to property investment, employee benefit trusts, trading relationships, pension products, limited partnerships and New Zealand trusts, to name a few.

Rhona also has experience running managed trust services for third parties who want the benefits of being in Guernsey whilst not wishing to establish their own trust companies. Additionally, she played a large part in developing policies and procedures, enabling efficient and effective client service, whilst maintaining an appropriate level of control over a client’s affairs.

Rhona is a member of STEP, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and currently the Chairman of the Guernsey Association of Trustees. In her spare time, Rhona enjoys playing badminton, reading, keeping fit and spending time with her family.