STEP announces new student award winners

Tuesday, 5 December, 2017

STEP is delighted to announce 34 new award winners in its Worldwide Excellence Awards.

Launched in June 2016, the Awards run twice a year to celebrate the highest achievement in STEP qualifications globally.

The winners are the top achievers across STEP’s exams for the period January – July 2017.

Derek Rawlings TEP of Rawlinson & Hunter British Virgin Islands (BVI) won two awards, and was the highest scoring graduate in the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management - DL+ across all four papers.

Six students came joint top in their respective awards: Janine Inger of APS Legal & Associates in Yorkshire and Ruth Sadlier of Broomfield & Alexander in Bristol; Regula-Elisabeth Huber of Huber Partners AG in Zurich and Eva Silbernagl of Nautilus Trust Co Ltd in Jersey; and Ruth Henry from the Bahamas and James Haywood from London.

Anna Gray of Babbé LLP, Guernsey was the highest-scoring graduate across all four papers of the International Trust Management diploma across all jurisdictions.

‘For STEP’s 2017 biannual Worldwide Excellence Awards, we are thrilled to see we have so many students of outstanding ability,’ said Nigel Race, STEP’s Director of Professional Development. ‘We offer our warmest congratulations to all of our graduates, and especially those who have come top in more than one award. We hope that they will enjoy all the success they deserve.’

The top students came from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, and Europe. Many have provided testimonials:

‘The content as a whole was very useful as it covered areas directly relevant to cases I am working on. It has also provided a broader international perspective which is always enriching.’ Jeremy Johnson TEP, Wynn Williams, New Zealand.

‘I would say don’t be put off if you don’t know much about law/accounts/tax as the course is a great introduction and also offers you the flexibility of studying around full-time work and other commitments.’ Ruth Sadlier, Broomfield & Alexander, Bristol.

‘I would highly recommend the course as it increases your knowledge and understanding, allowing you to provide additional specialist advice to colleagues and clients.’ Austen Burns, Gillespie Macandrew, Edinburgh.

The top scoring students for the period 1 July - 31 December 2017 will be announced in June 2018.

About STEP qualifications

STEP runs a number of qualifications for those who advise on family inheritance and succession planning, including Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Diplomas with our primary education partner CLT International. Students need to gain a specific number of credits via examination or prior experience in order to become an Affiliate Member, an Associate Member or a ‘TEP’ - the designation granted to a Full Member of STEP.


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STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. STEP works to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members. STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting wills to issues surrounding international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

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