30th October 2023

Madison Hardcastle-Ward - Finalist for Rising Star of the Year at the Women in Credit Awards 2023

We are proud to announce that last month, four amazing members of our team were finalists at the Credit Strategy #WiCAwards!

The awards, hosted by Credit Strategy, and judged by prominent industry leaders came together to celebrate, and champion the work of incredible women, and those who empower them across the entire credit and financial services industry. They support and recognize achievements among inspirational women and allies in the industry.

See below for a profile of Madison Hardcastle-Ward, Commercial Team Executive – Finalist for Rising Star of the Year

Having no experience working within invoice finance prior to joining Optimum, Madison has been nothing short of exemplary in her new line of duty. She started with very basic knowledge of how invoice finance works and has grown in every aspect of the role to now being a supporting figure to the Commercial Team manager.

Always eager to keep learning and lend a hand to any challenges that may arise, Madison has stand out passion and determination. She often says that the world of invoice finance can look like a black and white 9-5 office job from the outside, but in reality, it’s a rainbow and no two days are the same, this is why she has enjoyed and continues to thrive in her role.

\ \ Within the workplace, Madison does not shy away from any task.  In fact, she thrives on delivering exceptional results and going above and beyond to deliver to her team and the company’s objectives.

 In the short time she has been with the business, she has had a profound impact on the team’s daily morale. Confident and personable, one of her key assets is her ability to identify fellow workers in need of additional support and always keeping the team upbeat. Her incredibly infectious personality is not just restricted to internal stakeholders but carries great favour with clients and prospects alike.

Madison unwavering enthusiasm to her work showcases adaptability when dealing with client relations. Recently Madison spent weeks with a new client learning and using their in-house app, for all business operations, so they could better work together and so she could understand client's needs. It is this dedication and drive in delivering practical, personal solutions for clients that Madison excels, and the main reason behind her being put forward for this award.

Madison’s short time within the company has been impactful to say the least. She has developed quickly as an individual, and in her role, and is well regarded as a dependable member of the team, helping to source new deals, reduce risk, and consistently being nominated as internal ‘superstar of the month’.

A big well done from all of us at Team Optimum.