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Credit 500 and Women in Credit Awards mark end of Credit Week 2019

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.

 

Credit 500

 

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

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