Debt debate organised by IVA.co.uk


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The Debt Debate on Friday 2nd May for IVA.co.uk was a huge success and was attended by a large audience of Insolvency Practitioners, Creditors, Journalists, Industry Experts, Students and Forum Members.

As ever, the debate was set to be a controversial event in light of the current economic climate and there were notable comments about regulation of all debt solutions, including IVA’s, Bankruptcy and Debt Management Programmes.

Pictures of the event(click on a picture to view/download it in high resolution)
Event sponsored by:
The debate was chaired by:
PIC peter Hobday
Peter Hobday has 14 years of experience in broadcasting including presenting the Radio Four flagship programme "Today", being the anchor man for the award winning "Money Programme" and was also one of the original presenters of the much respected current affairs programme "Newsnight".
The expert card included:
  • Bill Burch
    Bill Burch joined the Insolvency Service in 1993 as an insolvency examiner working for OR Gloucester and then ACCA in 2002 as a Compliance Officer. In July 2005 he left ACCA to set up Compliance On Call. Compliance On Call was set up with one aim in mind, to become the UK's leading insolvency compliance service provider within 5 years.
  • PIC Melanie Giles
    Melanie Giles, an Insolvency Practitioner with over 20 years experience.
  • Mark Allen
    Mark Allen is a partner at Grant Thornton. He is responsible for the National IVA service line and is a chartered accountant.
  • Stuart Hopewell
    Stuart Hopewell FICM is Chairman of the Institute of Credit Management (ICM), Stuart has been involved in credit for over 30 years and has served on a wide range of committees and working parties.
  • Gill Hankey
    Gill Hankey is a Director of the Bankruptcy Advisory Service Limited and has just been recently awarded an M.B.E on the New Years Honours List 2008. Gill is also a member of R3 and the Insolvency Service National Consumer User Group.
  • Heather Greig-Smith
    Heather Greig-Smith is editor of Credit Today, the magazine for the commercial and consumer credit industry. She joined the magazine as deputy editor in 2006 from commercial property magazine Property Week.
Testimonials from this debt event:

The subject of personal insolvency, whichever solution is preferred by an individual in financial difficulty, remains immensely topical in today's post "credit-crunch" environment. I look forward to further debates on these subjects into the future, and am pleased that yet again iva.co.uk is tackling the issues in this profession from a sound practical level rather than a regulatory platform

Melanie Giles, card Member and Insolvency Practitioner

Organisations that attended the debate and expressed their interest include:
  • ABDRS (Debt Recovery Services) Ltd
  • Abraxas PLC
  • Accountancy Age
  • Adfero Ltd
  • American Express
  • American Express Europe Services
  • Anthony Financial
  • Ashley Commercial Finance Limited
  • Bankruptcy Advisory Service
  • Bankruptcyhelp.org.uk
  • Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons
  • Brachers Solicitors
  • Bright Oak
  • Brightwells
  • Central Trust
  • CGI
  • Civil Court Users Association
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Compliance on Call
  • Consumer Choice
  • Credit Control Consultancy
  • Credit Resource Consultancy Ltd
  • Credit Solutions
  • Credit Today
  • D Bowden Consultanting Ltd
  • Deanem Collections Ltd
  • Debt Distress
  • Debt Dr
  • Debt Management Today
  • Drachers
  • EA Cotts
  • England, Jackman & Spacey
  • Express Computers Ltd
  • Financial Services (South) Ltd
  • Fraud Screen
  • Frost Group Limited
  • FSA
  • Gemstone Financial Management Ltd
  • Glandon Management Services
  • Grant Thornton
  • Halliwells
  • HSBC
  • Institute of Credit Management
  • John Marston & Co
  • Jones Giles Ltd
  • Kings College
  • Kingston Smith & Partners LLP
  • KMS Insurance Management Ltd
  • KPMG
  • Liberata
  • Lloyds TSB Asset Finance Division
  • Lloyds TSB Bank Plc
  • Lockton Companies International Limited
  • Marchwood Associates Ltd
  • Media Nett
  • Money Advice Liaison Group
  • Money Debt and Credit
  • Money Market
  • Money Onserver
  • Money Wise
  • Mortgage Bug
  • MyCbi
  • Oakam Ltd
  • PDP Management Services Ltd
  • Personal Debt Helpline
  • Pitmans Solicitors
  • Probitas Ltd
  • R3
  • Rainswood
  • Regal Credit Consultants
  • Reviva UK
  • Self Employed
  • Sun Microsystems Ltd
  • Tenon Group
  • Tenon Recovery
  • Tuxedo Money Solutions
  • UKR Credit Consultants Ltd
  • Valentine & Co
  • Which