Last October, Professional Adviser hosted the inaugural Women in Financial Advice Awards, celebrating the achievements of women throughout the profession. The evening, which was full of firsts, saw Laura Thursfield take home the trophy for the Rising Star of the Year award.

A financial planner at advice giant Mazars, Thursfield works in its Birmingham office. Although she has now spent more than 10 years in the sector, working in finance was not something she had originally planned to do.

In fact, she was insistent she would not – as the daughter of an accountant, Thursfield says she was “adamant” she would never work in finance. She eventually proved herself wrong when she went off to study Management at Leeds University and worked at the Bank of England in her placement year.

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