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The Value of CICM Membership

 

Andrew Barbaro FCICM

Director of Customer Financial Services MEA, Emerson Automation Solutions


Why did you become a member?
I became a member to enable me to study towards becoming a qualified Credit Manager and to give me the educational building blocks to be all I could be as a credit professional.

What has membership done for you?
My membership has given me access to information from the Institute’s website, its excellent magazine and the network of other CICM members.

Which services do you use the most?
All of them although being a fan of print I’d say the magazine.

Would you recommend membership?
If you are serious in furthering your career in credit management, being a member is essential, so yes, absolutely.

 

 

Laural Jefferies FCICM

Head of Accounts Receivables, Fashion Edge Ltd

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Why did you become a member?
I became a member soon as I heard of CICM. I was really excited about our Institute and wanted to offer my knowledge and support. To share my knowledge is really what I am about. In return I will continue to share my experiences within our Industry/Institute.

What has membership done for you?
Since being a member I am kept updated on latest changes to laws and regulations, and Good Governance and not forgetting the wealth of knowledge I have attained while being a member. Speaking of Knowledge I share with you one of my Favourite Quotes by Benjamin Franklin “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, he knew the value of constantly becoming knowledgeable. In fact just about every successful person have one thing in common, they are constantly reading and educating themselves on a daily basis. I am grateful to be a member of the CICM which is a Knowledge Hub and a Platform into the Credit World. My Membership has enhanced my profession in a job that I love and I am passionate about.

Which services do you use the most?
I use the website mostly if I need to extract any updates on regulations and latest press releases on Trade and Credit and Good Governance. And if there are any Laws and Legislation changes. I will be active on our Webinar soon as I will be getting to take a break from my desk to participate.

Would you recommend membership?
Yes I would definitely recommend CICM membership, what is not to love about Credit and Collections? If you are passionate about Credit Collections and Management of Credit, I would definitely recommend CICM Membership. 

 


 

 

Molly Kane ACICM

Senior Credit Controller Executive, Oxford University

 

Why did you become a member?
I became a member because I wanted to further my career in credit management and achieve qualifications. CICM offered the prospect of qualifications but as soon as I became a member loads of other opportunities came to light that I hadn’t initially realised were available.

What has membership done for you?
My membership has expanded my network massively. I have been able to connect with so many people across very varied industries but all working towards the same goal. It has provided me with support and guidance that I wouldn’t have got if I wasn’t a member.

Which services do you use the most?
I really enjoy being kept up to date with what’s on in the magazine that is sent every month but the events calendar is full of such varied happenings that I really enjoy going along to as they are always fun and informative.

Would you recommend membership?
Absolutely, as a young female professional in Credit Management it has provided me with the confidence to pursue what I want from my career with knowledge and support that CICM has to offer as well as making friendships that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t take that step in becoming a member.


 

Massimo Lepri MCICM

Senior Credit Controller, Ornua Co-operative Ltd


Why did you become a member?
I became a member as I strongly believe that being an active part of a community and an industry such as credit management has been without a doubt a great benefit to my professional life.

What has membership done for you?
Networking, keeping myself up to date with current trends and the continued learning opportunities are only a few of the things that provide great value to my membership.

Which services do you use the most?
I really enjoy the webinars as they are always interesting and informative. I believe the knowledge hub is a great support for anyone willing to improve and hone their skills in our industry.

Would you recommend CICM?
Absolutely and with no hesitation; for a relative small cost, the returns and benefits are great.

 

 

 

Steve Thomson FCICM

Credit Manager, Menzies Distribution Ltd

 

Why did you become a member?
I like many others fell upon Credit Management as a career. I trained as an accountant did spells in Internal Audit and then due to circumstances I took a job in Credit Management. I knew almost immediately I found my niche. I loved processes and systems, had a background in accountancy, and knew how to work with people. This last one is a totally undervalued skill and critical to managing a successful Credit Control Department. I love working with motivated, professional young people whom want a career rather than a job. Seeing them develop and grow as people, people. So the Chartered Institute of Credit Management has been an active part of my biggest career successes.

What has membership done for you?
It has completely changed my career path. It’s provided me with a network of likeminded professional people to support me, taken me to places I would have never visited, done things I never thought I would do. CICM has provided me with the training to train others and provide my staff with a career ladder and opportunities to enhance their life both professional and personal.

Which services do you use the most?
Education Services through the training of our staff. This has been a revelation for our business. We started with a tiny footstep of becoming the first CICM Training Partner in Scotland. Then under direction of Debbie Tuckwood and her staff at the Watermill we have created a training structure that delivers tangible results. I had to convince our Senior Management Team of the merits of funding our training however it has paid dividends and now further training becomes a much easier sell. Providing externally assessed professional training has been a big feature of our recruitment and has attracted candidates whom have higher qualifications and expectations and then we are have to match those expectations. It also has radically increased retention which was a major issue when I joined 5 years ago.

Would you recommend membership?
I do that all day and every day. There is a joke here that if you cut me through I would have CICM running right through me like a stick of rock. Of course you can be a good or successful credit professional without membership. However, if you really want to excel and take it to the next level then CICM membership is essential. Membership is a real confidence boost and puts you on the same academic and educational footing as your fellow Finance colleagues.