Credit Week 2019 has been rounded off with a bang at a sold-out Credit Week Gala Dinner, featuring the announcement of the Credit 500 and the Women in Credit Awards.
The Credit 500 announcement, and the Women in Credit Awards, are a chance for Credit Strategy and the profession more widely to recognise, celebrate and connect talent across the profession. They encompass those most crucial to the advancement of the credit profession.
Credit Week was once again a huge success. In the context of unprecedented political upheaval, with such a vitriolic tone to so much of the discourse, the Parliamentary Reception and the Credit Summit were rare sanctuaries for reasoned, well-informed and level-headed discussion about the frontline issues faced by those in the credit profession.
The Credit 500 rewards senior professionals from the nine most prominent areas of the consumer and commercial credit profession. The index has been divided up into constituent areas to ensure the innovators in their fields get the recognition they deserve. They comprise the following categories: Consumer Credit; Household Credit; European NPL; Influencer; Car Finance; Trade Credit; Mortgages; Commercial Finance; Knowledge & Professional Services.
The Credit 500 are a core part of our growing membership model, which fosters stronger links not only between Credit Strategy and the profession, but between members from sectors across the credit world. Through providing a platform for members, we hope to foster a community.
To see who made the 2019-2020 list, click here.
Women in Credit Awards
In the spirit of championing talent and diversity across the industry, the Women in Credit Awards returned following a hugely successful first outing last year. From board representation, diversity policies, gender pay, returning to work, as well as differences in leadership styles, Credit Strategy believes that not only is it vital to have a platform to highlight these matters, but it’s just as important to celebrate the achievements of talented women across the credit profession.
The Women in Credit brand is more than an awards programme, and through content and events throughout the year, we hope to help bring to bear meaningful change in the profession.
Attendees were entertained by comedian Zoe Lyons, who is best known for a her regular appearances on BBC Two’s Mock the Week and Channel Four’s Eight Out of Ten Cats.
Credit Strategy would like to express its gratitude to the evening’s sponsors for making it all possible. Thank yous go to: Tully, CFA, London & Partners, Hitachi Capital UK, PayPlan, CCTA, CICM, CSA, Mr Lender and Telrock.
The Women in Credit 2019 winners are published in full below.
Innovator of the Year - Non-Creditor
WINNER - Susan Rann, Paylink Solutions
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Marta Czerep, FICO
Innovator of the Year – Creditor
WINNER - Ylva Oertengren, Simply Asset Finance
Rising Star of the Year - Non-Creditor
WINNER - Sara Martins, ITSCREDIT
Rising Star of the Year - Public Sector
WINNER - Tracy Smart, HM Revenue & Customs
Rising Star of the Year - Commercial Credit
WINNER - Olga Berlinskaya, AIG
Rising Star of the Year - Consumer Credit
WINNER - Felicity Winkley, TotallyMoney
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Bethany Middleton, Connected Car Finance
Transformation of the Year - Non-Creditor
WINNER - Rachel Duffey, PayPlan
Transformation of the Year – Creditor
WINNER - Pam Halliday, NextGear Capital
Outstanding Support for Returners
WINNER - Hitachi Capital (UK)
Employer of the Year
WINNER - Sky
Team Leader of the Year - Small Team
WINNER - Liz Thompson, Lending Standards Board
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Adele Henderson, Lloyds Banking Group
Team Leader of the Year - Medium Team
WINNER - Sarah Moore, Nationwide Building Society
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Trudi Woodier, Arrow Global
Team Leader of the Year - Large Team
WINNER - Elisabeth Doppelhofer, Adecco UK & Ireland
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Rula Samara, Hitachi Capital (UK)
Team Player of the Year - Non-Creditor
WINNER - Florence Osakwe-Mokwenye, Arum
Team Player of the Year - Public Sector
WINNER - Arjmund Butt, HM Revenue & Customs
Team Player of the Year – Creditor
WINNER - Louise Swainston, TSB
Mentor of the Year
WINNER - Kevin Artlett, Pecunia (2016)
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Margaret Mclaren, HM Revenue & Customs
Advocate of the Year
WINNER - Deborah Cooper, Marston Holdings
Business Leader of the Year - Non-Creditor
WINNER - Rachel Duffey, PayPlan
Business Leader of the Year – Creditor
WINNER - Sarah Albon, The Insolvency Service
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Caroline Walton, MYJAR
Entrepreneur of the Year
WINNER - Nicola Firth, Knowledge Bank
Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER - Fiona Megaw, StepChange Debt Charity
Woman of the Year - Non-Creditor
WINNER - Professor Salima Y. Paul, Plymouth University
Woman of the Year – Creditor
WINNER - Laura Roberts, Liberty Leasing