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IWD 2021 -Choose to Challenge

International Women's Day 2021

We are continuing to celebrate International Women's Day with another blog from one of the fabulous women at Meridian - Jo Bowden who was recently promoted to Head of Credit Management. Jo joined us nearly 15 years ago as a Credit Controller and progressed through the ranks being promoted to Team Leader then Credit Control Manager in 2012. In this last year Jo and her team have excelled in every way possible - our DSOs, end column debt, overtrading control and reporting is the best it has ever been. 

Hear about her Meridian journey in her own words:

My first job after university was with a bank, arranging mortgages where I qualified as a mortgage advisor. It wasn’t for me and so I switched to credit control. Two jobs later I found myself at Meridian, and 16 years later I am still very happy at Meridian. I joined as a credit controller and through training and development; I progressed to Team Leader and Credit Manager.

Jo Bowden, Head of Credit Control

My current role is Head of Credit Management. We have a team of 10 assessing the credit risks and limits that should be offered to clients and collecting over £100mil of cash p.a.

The best thing about my job is definitely the people I work with, and work for. I’ve been with Meridian for 16 years and a lot of the people I work with have been here even longer so I have know them most of my adult life. I have an amazing mentor in Jeanette Barrowcliffe and owe a lot to the support and guidance she has given me.

Over the last year, like a lot of people, I’ve spent a lot more time in my garden. Gardening and trying to make the garden more wildlife friendly has been a great way for me to switch off and relax. I still have no idea what I’m doing and my kids find it hilarious that I’ve taken to watching repeats of gardeners world! But we have the first spinach seedlings coming up, so I’m classing that as success 😃

Possibly the best thing I have learnt is to just keep going. There have been times where there seemed like impossible amounts of work to get through and impossible tasks to complete, but if you keep making small steps it all comes together in the end.

Click here to read the first blog in this series from our FD,Jeanette Barrowcliffe.

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