2022 Awards Judging Panel

The panel of judges for the 2022 Credit & Collections Technology Awards is a gathering of extensive experience across credit, lending collections and insolvency within the sectors of consumer and business commercial.

The Credit & Collections Technology Awards matter because they are judged by the toughest critics, your peers. Our expert judging panels are made up of leaders from across the credit, lending, collections and insolvency industries and we pride ourselves on the rigorous, objective and transparent judging process. Below is a list of the 2021 Judges. The 2022 Judges will be confirmed in April

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Faizan Haq

Senior Policy Adviser, Finance and Leasing Association (FLA)

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Faizan Haq is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA). He has over 12 years of experience in the legal, consulting and financial services sectors.

Faizan graduated with an Honours degree in Law and started his career at a ‘Magic Circle’ law firm, before later moving on to work for one of the ‘Big Four’ consulting firms.  He then spent over 7 years at one of the UK’s largest banks, with roles in the Credit Risk, Group Corporate Treasury and Group Corporate Affairs teams.   Faizan helped shape the bank’s regulatory and external affairs strategy, and also regularly engaged with civil servants and politicians in Westminster.

In his current role at the FLA, Haq regularly engages with regulators and advises member firms on their approach to mortgage regulation, credit information and technology issues.  He is keen to help his member firms to both navigate technological change and to embrace the challenges that come along with it.

Amir Ali OBE

President, Professional Paralegal Register

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Amir Ali has worked in private practice for 21 years for a few leading firms of solicitors who specialised in Dispute Resolution, Insolvency together with Company & Commercial work at senior management level. He was also Head of Litigation for a Midlands based National Leasing Plc. Amir was invited to join the High Court Enforcement Officers Association (formally, the High Court Sheriff`s Association) firstly at John Marston & Co (now Marston Group) as Client Relationship Manager before taking up the role as Director of Client Services and Business Development at High Court Enforcement Group and has over 35 years of experience in both the Legal and Enforcement Sectors in the UK.

In addition, Amir is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (FCICM) and is a member of both CICM’s Think Tank and Technical Committee. CICM overseas & is responsible for £4 Trillion of Trade Debt in the UK and abroad.

Amir served as Chair of the Civil Court Users Association (CCUA) for five years from Sept 2015 to Sept 2020 (he served a total of 11 years on the CCUA Board). The Association is charged with airing and addressing the concerns of all Civil Court Users in the UK at the very highest levels of Government, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) to include all other Stakeholders concerned with Policy Change within the Civil Realm.

Amir sits on the Law Advisory Boards of three Universities in the UK and was recently appointed the inaugural President of The Professional Paralegal Register (The PPR). The Register champions diversity, inclusivity and equality within the Profession whilst delivering access to justice and consumer protection for all.

The PPR is the independent voluntary regulator for all paralegals.

Amir was also recently appointed to the role of Vice President at Resolve Disputes Online. RDO provide Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platforms to Ministry of Justices’ (MOJ’s) Globally. Closer to home, RDO are also leading the charge for the UK Government-backed initiative powered by Tech Nation / Law Tech UK, to help transform the UK legal sector through technology. The ambition is to create an online dispute resolution platform for UK PLC and the SME business community.

Claire Aynsley

Head of Regulatory Compliance at the Credit Services Association (CSA)

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Steve Williams

Director, Investment Banking, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

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Steve Williams has 14 years’ experience as a corporate finance advisor.  He works at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a financial services specialist investment bank, having previously been a Director in Deloitte’s corporate finance practice.  He has advised businesses across the credit management industry for 10 years, advising on numerous high profile transactions involving major companies in debt purchase, debt collection and judicial services both in the UK and across Europe.

Steve continues to witness his clients’ development of compliant technology solutions as an increasingly fundamental requirement to maintain operational effectiveness, preserve creditor relationships and adapt to evolving customer trends.

Rachel Duffey

Chief Executive Officer, PayPlan

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Rachel Duffey began her profession in the family business in 2000 as a newly-graduated Law student from the University of Leicester. Starting in the Helpline team, in the heart of the operation, Rachel gained first-hand knowledge of the clients that PayPlan helps with free debt advice.

With experience under her belt, Rachel went on to lead the department as Head of Advice and Support, where she gained invaluable insight into the world of debt management.

In 2007, Rachel sought a new challenge as PayPlan’s Partnerships Director. While excelling in her new role, Rachel enhanced her skillset even further by completing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nottingham University Business School in 2008.

After a further six years as Partnerships Director, Rachel was appointed into her current role as PayPlan’s CEO in 2014. Rachel now uses her wealth of knowledge and expertise to cement PayPlan’s position as one of the UK’s leading free debt advice providers.

Charles Mayhew

Chief Executive Officer, Global Credit Recoveries

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Charles Mayhew FCICM is the Chief Executive Officer Global Credit Recoveries. Charles joined Moreton Smith in London in 2002 as a Partner, after living and working in the UAE. Moreton Smith set up another business Square Marble Tech, which invested heavily in developing its own award winning credit management software, Mia, owned by Square MarbleTechnology.

Moreton Smith was fully acquired by Marston Holdings in 2015 and at the same time Chalres sold his shares in Square Marble to its fellow Directors. Prior to his role at Moreton Smith, Charles worked for STA International as Managing Director in London and Globaleye in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2018 Charles re-entered the debt recovery Industry with Global Credit Recoveries based in London and Dubai. Previous roles include Chairman of the committee for conference and seminars for the Chartered Institute of Credit Management and he has proudly served on the European board of the ICTF. (International Credit and Trade Finance Association) Charles is a keen member of the Institute of Directors and has lectured across EMEA on all aspects of International debt collection and asset recovery, and arbitration.

Richard Carter

Director, Equiniti Credit Services

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Richard Carter was formerly Managing Director at Equiniti Credit Services following its acquisition of Nostrum Group and merger with Pancredit Systems in 2017.

With a background of 30 years of direct experience providing loan management technology, Richard has been at the forefront of change in the market, working with management teams that pioneered the online lending space in the UK.

He recently stepped back from the Managing Director position to focus on a more plural role working with and advising FinTech business, is an advisory board member of FinTech North and an active angel investor in predominately fintech start and scale-ups.

Brendan Clarkson

National Creditors Services Director, Begbies Traynor

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Brendan Clarkson has over 20 years of experience in the debt, insolvency and credit management sectors. He specialises in both non-court and court insolvency work.

Brendan has built close relationships with solicitors, other professionals, banks and client companies in order to understand their debt management needs. He has also developed good working relationships with government organisations. He appreciates the range of debt recovery options available to organisations, and works hard to ensure their best interests are served.

Brendan has regular contact with the credit management profession through his involvement in credit circles across the UK. He has served as chair of Surrey and Sussex CICM and is heavily involved with the institute.

Eleanor Demuth

Risk Director, Curve

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Eleanor Demuth (Ned) is currently Risk Director at Curve. She has previously worked for Metro Bank, Deloitte, NewDay, and Cabot Financial.

Eleanor specialises in Credit Risk but enjoys all aspects of mathematical modelling and associated disciplines. She is also an authority on neurodiversity in the workplace.
Eleanor is passionate about the application of analytics and technology in credit and collections. She feels that, while there will always be a place for human intervention and personalisation, the choice of that intervention, consistency of service, and the capacity for rapid and continuous improvement are dramatically enhanced by smart use of technological solutions.

Russell Hamblin-Boone

Chief Executive, Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA)

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Russell Hamblin-Boone was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) in January, representing around 2000 enforcement agents who collect civil debt on behalf of local authorities. For almost five years he was CEO of the Consumer Finance Association (CFA) and led reform of short-term lending practices during a period of intense political and media scrutiny. He has been described as doing more than anyone else to build the intellectual case for a high-cost, short-term credit market in the UK. For the second year running Russell was named in the Credit 500, as one of the fifty top influencers. He has also held senior positions at the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) and the Energy Retail Association, now known as Energy UK, where he helped to set up the first trade association dedicated to energy suppliers. He has worked in Downing Street and as private secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords.

Bryan Coverdale

Owner, Coverdale Debt Recovery Solutions

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Bryan Coverdale has held senior Collections and Recoveries roles with Standard Chartered Bank, American Express Europe & JAPA  and  Lloyds Bank.

He is now a Trustee at Money Advice Plus in his home town of Brighton. He has worked across multiple countries and regions of the world and his last role with Standard Chartered Bank, based out of Singapore,  was Global and encompassed 31 countries covering all products ranging from  Mortgages, Secured / unsecured Loans, Credit Cards and Auto finance. 

The use of new or evolving technology has been intrinsic in all his roles and he has implemented and or utilised new technology including customer-based collection and recovery systems, contact centre solutions, legal case management systems and document storage in order to achieve improved financials. 

Jennifer Lambden

Consultant Paralegal Head ,Omega Paralegal Advice

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Jennifer Lambden was appointed Chair for the Association of Credit Professionals (ACP) in 2014 following a career spanning over 15 years within credit management and debt recovery. Jennifer joined the board of the ACP in 2012 before being elected Chair in 2014. The ACP was formed in 2006 by like-minded Credit Professionals intent on raising the profile of the Credit Industry and each and every Credit Professional who join us as members. The ACP is an essential source of support for all those involved in the granting, collection and management of Credit and/or debt within the UK and Ireland.

Jennifer was a finalist in the 2015 North West Finance Awards. She has also had articles published and is a recognised leader within her field. Jennifer now works as a Consultant, coach and mentor using her expertise to assist business’ to streamline their processes and departments to ensure that their credit management team receive the support and training they need to manage the cash flow of the business. Her passion is mentoring other credit professionals on their career journey.

Lee D'Arcy

Commercial Director, Cifas

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Lee D’Arcy has over 20 years’ experience in, credit risk and fraud prevention and harnessing the power of data. He is responsible to the growth strategy working to increase memberships, geographies and data sets that enhance fraud detection. Before Joining Cifas Lee was Sales Director at EY in the Financial Services Division and previously with Dun & Bradstreet and Lloyds Banking Group.

Martin Kirby

Head of Risk & Collections , Business Stream

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Martin Kirby Head of Credit Collections and Risk at Scottish Water Business Stream since January 2020.  Martin has repeated success in guiding global business strategy by establishing and developing credit, collection and fraud policies and objectives, aligned with the company’s acceptable risk appetite for commercial, consumer and credit card lending.

Martin has extensive experience in developing risk management framework and scorecard analytics, ensuring compliance with internal and legal regulatory guidelines. He has a proven history of achievement working with globally recognised brands including KIER Group, Adecco UK, Hays Recruitment, Bupa Healthcare, and CHEP. Talent for driving optimised operational performance to achieve measurable financial targets and stakeholder satisfaction. He is expert presenter, negotiator, and communicator; able to forge solid relationships with strategic partners and build consensus across multiple organisational levels.

Bob Winnington

Chief Executive Officer, Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG)

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Lex Jones

Chief Executive Officer, Registry Trust

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Maria Harris is the Director of Digital Cat Consultancy Ltd and is a Non-Exec Director at United Trust Bank and South Tees NHS. In her consultancy role, Maria provides digital and fintech expertise to the mortgage industry. Previously the Director of Lending at Atom bank where she designed, built and launched the multiple award winning, first fully digital mortgage in the UK.

With over 25 years’ experience in management, Maria has held roles across a number of sectors including travel, utilities and more recently in financial services where she was awarded the inaugural Women in Finance Award for services to banking by HM Treasury. She is a vocal advocate for equality, diversity, and the role of technology in improving financial wellbeing and the customer experience.

Jennifer Tankard

Principal, Commercial Finance and Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending , UK Finance

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Jennifer Tankard is Principle, Invoice Finance and Commercial Finance at UK Finance.  She works on a range of projects including ‘Investing in Female Entrepreneurs’, ‘Just Transition for SMEs’ and supports UK Finance’s invoice finance and asset based lenders and specialist banks.

Maria Harris

Director, Digital Cat Consultancy

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Alexandra Jones was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Registry Trust in July 2019.

Alexandra joined Registry Trust in September 2017 as Director of Operations and Deputy CEO, with responsibility for compliance, business development, contract management and complaints.

Alexandra moved to Registry Trust from the Financial Ombudsman Service where she was Head of Casework, leading on diverse areas including pensions, investments and jurisdiction, with responsibility for planning and directing different elements of the operation. Key initiatives that Alexandra was involved with were the rapid growth of the PPI casework management model; knowledge resource systems and management information reporting among others.

With over 20 years’ management experience, Alexandra has held various roles across financial services and not for profit organisations. Alexandra is an advocate of using technology and data to improve economic fairness and the customer experience.