The Car Finance Awards 2017 are judged by a panel of experts representing every area of the car finance industry.
All judges act entirely independently from the companies they work for. Judges for all Credit Strategy awards schemes sign non-disclosure agreements ensuring that no information from the nomination process is shared with any other party.
In addition, during the judging process, any judge subject to a conflict of interest (for example if the judge is employed by one of the nominated companies) were absent from any discussion of the affected category, and prohibited from sharing the result of the judging process.
Luke is responsible for day to day as well as the strategic vision for Shard Media Group, with 20 years of experience in B2B financial services.
Leading SMG, Luke draw’s on experience in the mortgage, retail finance, private equity and venture capital sectors, aligned with traditional media, digital and events.
Fred Crawley is consulting editor at Credit Strategy. He has been a financial journalist since 2008, covering consumer and commercial lending of all kinds, and specialises in the car finance market. He has chaired judging panels for awards schemes in the asset finance, car finance, accounting, collections, utilities and insolvency sectors.
Before joining the FLA as Head of Motor Finance, Adrian Dally held a number of key civil service roles, including the UK’s Agriculture and Food Attaché in Brussels, policy lead at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food during the BSE crisis, and latterly, Head of Policy at the Financial Ombudsman Service. He is also Chair of the Governing Body of St John Payne Catholic School, a successful secondary school in Chelmsford.
Ian Dewsnap is Director of European Operations for BenchMark Consulting. Prior to joining BenchMark 5 years ago, Ian had a successful 30 year career in automotive captive financing including periods as Managing Director in New Zealand and the Philippines as well as head of Mazda Bank for Europe. Being able to call on a wide range of experience, in his BenchMark Consulting role Ian has completed varying project work from process re-engineering to new start operations, pricing and equity overviews through to supplier RFP work and market entry studies. Ian has completed work assignments in 27 countries.
Graham is a well-known independent expert on car finance, having worked and consulted with suppliers, OEMs and trade bodies over the last 30 years. A senior career in marketing with a range of independent and captive companies has been followed by 15 years leading the PR and marketing faculty at the Rocket Performance Group.
Richard has 27 years in motor finance, all at DSG Financial Services. Positioned at the forefront of brokers since then, DSG has been a solid supporter of the franchised dealer point of sale sector continually innovating to enhance the customer finance experience. More recently as CEO, Richard has overseen a significant investment into DSG by Promethean Investments and is focused on integrating an independent lending subsidiary into the group.
James has been in the asset finance industry for over 30 years with Bank of Ireland. Joining NIIB as a New Business Representative in 1986, he was appointed Sales Manager for the Mid Ulster region in 1992. In 1995 he was appointed head of commercial asset finance and then became Sales Director for the business in 1997. Geographical responsibility increased in 1999 when the Northridge brand (subsidiary of NIIB) commenced trading in GB. In January 2010, he was appointed Managing Director for the NIIB/Northridge business in the UK. James is an economics graduate and also holds the Finance Houses Association Diploma.
Peter has led Moneybarn for over 13 years, guiding it through the recession to its current period of unprecedented growth. Peter is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of Moneybarn and directing that strategy towards profitable growth, whilst maintaining high standards of conduct. Peter qualified as a Civil Engineer and completed an MBA at INSEAD in 1985. Peter continues to lead Moneybarn after it was acquired in 2014 by Provident Financial Group. Peter has over twenty years’ experience in motor finance and leasing and is an ex-Chairman of the Motor Finance Division of the FLA.
Tarun has been with Grant Thornton since 2003 and prior to this spent 10 years in the Automotive Finance industry as Finance Director for various captive and independent finance providers. His industry experience included start-ups, distressed restructurings, portfolio run-offs and various M&A transactions. He has been identified as one of the top 50 most influential people in the European leasing industry and for a similar position for the automotive finance industry. Tarun leads Grant Thornton’s Downstream Automotive Advisory practice and its Financial Services Corporate Finance practice.
Kamala is the publisher of Credit Strategy and began the magazine more than fifteen years ago, bringing a range of other credit products to market including the Credit Summit and Credit Awards. A journalist by training, she is a trustee of the financial education charity, Credit Action, and is a freeman of the Guild of Stationers and Newspapermakers.
Steve has over 30 years’ experience of the motor trade, working for several top-tier dealer groups in senior F&I positions. Previous to working at Marsh, he was employed as group F&I Manager for a major dealer group, responsible for placing in excess of £120m annually with finance houses. With long experience of systems implementation, compliance, and training, as well as work with lenders of all kinds, he is a respected and outspoken representative of the F&I community.