"supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism"

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day in the UK. The current chairman is Sir Geoffrey Owen, former editor of the Financial Times. Sir Geoffrey is supported by a group of trustees who have a background in business, journalism and academia.

THE WINCOTT AWARDS for 2014

The winners were:

Wincott Financial Journalism of the year
The judges said:
"2014 was Chris Giles' year. The Financial Times economics editor found flaws in inequality guru Thomas Piketty's statistics, he figured out that George Osborne's budget cuts would have to be much deeper than previously understood and he spotted hidden in some World Bank statistics that China was about to become a bigger economy than the US. He even shamed the Bank of England into dropping its bizarre practice of destroying records of its Monetary Policy Committee meetings."
Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times
Sir Geoffrey Owen, Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett, Chris Giles.



Personal Finance Journalism of the Year
The judges said:
"Martin Lewis stages happenings in shopping centres, urging people to change energy supplier or pointing out how much cheaper Zara frocks are in Mediterranean holiday resorts than in the UK high street. Judges described the programme as 'fun', 'irritating' and 'a triumph'."
The Martin Lewis Money Show, ITV
Alison Martin, Mrs Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett, Martin Lewis, Mike Blair

Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year
The judges said:
"His authoritative writing suggests a maturity well beyond his years. The judges were particularly impressed by his forensic analysis of the risks of Bitcoin, and with a little-noticed aspect of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 - how social media have overturned traditional approaches to crisis management."
Asa Gibson, Strategic RISK
Sir Geoffrey Owen, Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett and Asa Gibson

Wincott Radio Journalism of the Year
The judges said:
"Inequality, and its alleged implications, was one of the most prominent subjects in economic debate in 2014. Martin Wolf's achievement was to get a group of top economists to speak clearly and simply about this complex subject."
BBC Radio 4, 'The Future is Not What It Used to Be
Sir Geoffrey Owen, Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett, Sandie Kanthal, Martin Wolf, Jeremy Skeet

Wincott Television Journalism of the Year
The judges said:
"A sense of danger grips the viewer as reporters with concealed body cameras posing as workers expose the brutal treatment and unsafe conditions that still prevail in Dacca clothing factories more than a year after the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse. Presenter Laura Kuenssberg drives the shocking story with passion, but then stands back and lets it tell itself."
'Exposure', ITV
Sir Geoffrey Owen, Lee Sorrell, Jasleen Sethi, Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett, David Henshaw





THE TRUSTEES
SIR RICHARD LAMBERT (Chairman)
SIR GEOFFREY OWEN
PROF IAN HARGREAVES CBE
JOHN O'HIGGINS
DANIEL WINCOTT
RUPERT PENNANT-REA
CHRISTOPHER HIRD
BRONWEN MADDOX
BILL ROBINSON
ELIZABETH WINCOTT HECKETT

Contact our Secretary, Ian Rodger, at secretary@wincott.co.uk
© The Wincott Foundation 2012
Registered Charity 313770