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Advancing the credit profession

Thames Valley

Welcome to the Thames Valley Branch. Click here to view committee details.

My name is Mark Preston and I am Chair of the branch which covers the postcodes of HP, MK, OX, RG & SL and we get together approximately 4 times a year plus our annual AGM.

Branch get-togethers, sometimes joint events with neighbouring branches, offer a mix of informative and social events and are a great opportunity to further your professional network of contacts. Our meetings aim to be educational, covering a broad range of interesting and entertaining subject matter, and we often have guest speakers from the region and beyond – some previous speakers we have had include Henry Olonga (former Zimbabwe cricketer), David Taylor (“the Naked Leader”) and 2 times Mount Everest conqueror Ian Woodall.

Social events are also varied and include quiz or bowling nights. You’ll find our events listed on this site, advertised in the Credit Management magazine, and you’ll get email notifications of upcoming events in your region as they are organised. Many branch events carry CPD hours that you can add to your personal development plan.

We try to make sure there’s something on offer for all ages and particularly welcome young credit professionals just starting out in their career. We feel that if you miss the meetings you are losing one of the big advantages of being a member of the Institute.

One of the main aims of this branch is to promote credit as a profession into the community. We have already worked with a number of schools and colleges such as Newlands Girls School and Queen Marys College in Basingstoke and intend to carry out our voluntary help with them and others in the region over the coming months.

Please get in touch if you want further information or just to have a chat – better still, join us at our meetings…You will be made most welcome!

Our LinkedIn page is also a very good place to stay updated and I would encourage you to join the group if not already a member.

Kind regards,

Mark Preston MCICM


Thames Valley Branch Committee


Position Name Telephone Mobile
Chair Mark Preston MCICM  +44 (0)7889 692 316
Vice Chair Dee Weston FCICM +44 (0)7568 570 750
Treasurer Peter Courtnage MCICM +44 (0)7717 211 079
Secretary Gary Baker FCICM +44 (0)1189 052208
Committee Member Ruth Howard MCICM +44(0)7899 772 836
Committee Member Jonathan Swan FCICM +44 (0)7818 542 617
Committee Member Heidi Pocock ACICM  +44(0)7828 890 719
Committee Member Tony Lambert  +44(0)7921 026 446
Committee Member Tim Hanton MCICM  +44(0)1344 854353
Committee Member Robert Syms MCICM  +44(0)7189 471 365
Committee Member Penny Daisley +44(0)7843 448820
Committee Member Amanda Thrower +44(0)7825 341559
Committee Member Jason Braidwood FCICM(Grad) +44 (0)7971 827 830

Thames Valley Branch Committee Biographies