The Young Credit Professional of the Year Award (YCPA) program is the largest and most prestigious Young Credit Award program in Australia and provides a great opportunity for young Credit Professionals to gain recognition both for themselves and their employer.
AICM is proud of our YCP award that started in our Western Australian division 31 years ago and was adopted at a national level in 1997. The award and its recipients are held in the highest regard by all credit professionals and can be found in influential senior positions within the industry.
By entering the YCPA program and discussing your career achievements and ambitions you will gain both valuable insight to the potential for your future advancement and support from young Credit Professionals like yourself and from experienced Credit Practitioners who are interested in assisting young Credit Professionals to achieve their potential.
The YCPA is open to both members and non-members of AICM who are working in the Credit Industry and who are under 30 years of age as at 30 June in the year of application.
Whether you work within the credit function of a business or in any of the many related Credit Professional roles in the Credit Industry you are eligible to enter.
HOW TO APPLY
The YCPA applications are now open!
Applications close 11 June and can be submitted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post (PO Box 64 St Leonards NSW 2065).
The Process and Prizes
If you are selected as a Division Finalist you will be invited to attend an interview of approx.1 hour. The interviewing panel will assess each candidate on their individual merits within their own field of expertise. The questions will be designed to provide you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, experience, ambitions and passion for the Credit Industry.
As a Division Finalist you will receive a complimentary invitation to attend the Divisional YCPA function, where the Division winner will be announced.
Division winners will win travel, accommodation and registration to this years AICM National Conference.
The National YCPA winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and AICM Professional Development award to the value of $2,000.
2020 - Rebecca Roberts (Vic/TAs)
It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have received this award, the whole process has been the most challenging yet rewarding experience of my career so far. The experience has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, pushed me to challenge myself, boosted my confidence and supported me in my passion for credit.
I encourage anyone working in credit that is passionate and wants to grow their career to take part, it is truly an experience you will not regret. The process has afforded me opportunities, networking and experience. I have grown skills and developed my understanding more than I ever thought possible. I am looking forward to continuing my development with the AICM and supporting our future YCPA candidates.
- Rebecca Roberts
2019 - Ashleigh Mason (QLD)
"Taking part in the 2019 Young Credit Professional of the Year was the hardest but most rewarding experiences of my Credit Career.
To be able to compete at both the State and National levels was a massive leap out of my comfort zone.
The YCP process has helped me gain confidence, take on bigger challenges as well as showcase my knowledge and passion for the Credit Industry.
Being announced as the 2019 National Winner of the Young Credit Professional of the Year Award was a true honour.
I would like to thank the other finalists for their support and encouragement and look forward to assisting the future YCP candidates.
Thank you to the AICM, illion and The YCP Judges.”
- - Ashleigh Mason
2018 - SUNNY SHARMA (VIC)
"Partaking in the YCPA program has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The journey has been nothing short of phenomenal and the benefits innumerous. Since I’ve commenced the YCP, my developmental trajectory has been exponential and even if I hadn’t won the National title, I would have come out a more confident, well-rounded credit professional. Not only was I able to partake in knowledge exchange in credit process and legislation which meant I could implement business process improvement strategies within my team, I also learnt how to communicate more effectively to get the best outcomes from my stakeholders. As a side note, it also means that I have a makeshift trophy cabinet behind my work desk which houses several shiny trophies. Sometimes this inadvertently results in an underlying current of trepidation from the sales team as they approach me (exactly what I’m going for).
The YCPA not only exposed me to key links within the credit industry, which as a credit professional is invaluable, however also forced me to become a better presenter and a stronger networker. It also made me well and truly realise that my passion lies in credit and nowhere else. It opened doors for me at work due to the recognition I received and provided a level of confidence to my managers that I have the calibre for the next big thing.
If you are a young credit professional wanting to improve your soft skill set, form key links within the industry, take your career to the next level and strive to win the highest accolade in credit at a national level (and get your name up in lights), I would strongly encourage you to apply for YCPA 2019. Give it a shot because you will get so much out of it!"
2017 - NATHAN WILKINSON (QLD)
“I committed to the YCPA process because of the prestige and respect that surrounds the award. As a spectator of the award for a number of years, I had a burning desire to partake, step out of my comfort zone, grow my network and take my career to the next level. Since winning the award, my network has multiplied, multiple employment offers for senior roles have been received and I have discovered a new desire to continue with public speaking. Thank you to the AICM, the sponsors and the judges for this opportunity.”
2016 - FIYONA KIDENYA (NSW)
“The YCP process is the best thing I have ever done and such a rewarding experience that undoubtedly will keep on giving with the right level of dedication on my part.
I am excited and more engaged with the industry than I have ever been and intend to really apply myself in leveraging off this opportunity.”
2015 - TATE O'CONNOR (SA)
"The YCP was an amazing experience which helped me recognise my strengths and how they translate across an entire industry. I was challenged to consider my future goals in a positive environment with like minded professionals."
2014 - JOINT WINNERS, ANNA GOLUBEVA (NSW) AND REBECCA EDMISTON (SA)
“Being announced the National Winner of the Young Credit Professional of the Year Award was one of the greatest experiences I have had!”
– Anna Golubeva
“The YCP forced me to step out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges, making me realise and grow skills I never knew I had and extend my knowledge of the Credit Industry. My newly realised public speaking and presenting skills are testament to this!”
- Rebecca Edmiston
2013 - BALVEEN SAiNI (NSW)
When I applied for the YCP program I worked in the accounts receivable team, as a Legal Clerk, for Kennards Hire.
The YCPA has provided me with opportunities that have put me ahead of the game, and in an already competitive and cut throat market place, I feel as though it has given me a significant competitive advantage.
Currently I work as a solicitor at BBW Lawyers and service clients throughout the credit industry. I am fortunate enough to be a member of the NSW Council and enjoy working with Council to nurture young credit professionals, and promote professional development.
2012 - NICK PONTIKINAS (SA)
2011 - MAREE KAIRL (SA)
"When I applied for the YCP program I worked as a Credit Services Consultant for the Limits team at National Credit Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd.
Since winning the National Award in 2011, I have continued to work within this role on a part time basis (4 days per week) while also becoming a Mum to two beautiful girls! I also action additional responsibilities within the team."
2010 - GREGG ODLUM (NSW)
2009 - MARIA HOMER (QLD)
2008 - JESSE LEE (SA)
2007 - ADAM DAYEIAN (NSW)
2006 - AYNSLIE MCMAHON (NSW)
2005 - NICOLAS PILAVIDIS (NSW)
2004 - RODOLFO DUQUE (NSW)
2003 - BROOK VARADY (WA)
2002 - TANITH WILLOUGHBY (QLD)
2001 - NATHAN BOYD (QLD)
2000 - TINA BAGNATO (SA)
1999 - NICOLE PAYNE (VIC/TAS)
1998 - CHRIS DUNBAR (QLD)
1997 - CRAIG DENT (VIC/TAS)
In 1997, at the time of achieving the YCPA, I was the Group Credit Manager [Australia and New Zealand] at Tyco International.
To mark a point in my career that set about my career’s direction, the YCPA award was timely. I progressed to roles that continued to build on my experience, and today I am a Senior Executive who builds and leads high performing teams to deliver transformational change in large volume, complex and highly regulated environments.
In 2013 I was appointed to my current role as the Chief Executive Officer at State Trustees, a government owned entity with more than 430 employees servicing the Victorian community.
The short video below introduces the 2016 YCPA finalists and why they entered.