Just welcomes Steve Coppard as new Group Director of Debt Policy and Strategy

19 April 2022

Arum and Just today announce the appointment of Steve Coppard, who will join on 3 May as its Group Director of Debt Policy and Strategy.

In this newly created role, Steve will help the executive team of Just and its sister company Arum, to respond to the evolving needs of the government sector and, importantly, continue to champion our commitment to better outcomes for those struggling with problem debt, especially in the face of the growing cost-of-living crisis.

Steve has spent the last two decades working in debt management roles within central government, including the Cabinet Office, HM Revenue & Customs, and HM Customs & Excise. In his most recent role as Deputy Director for the Government Debt Management Function, he was accountable for prompting policy and strategy improvements for over £42bn of debt owed to central government. Before this, he managed the Debt Market Integrator (DMI) contract, which was a one-stop-shop for all central and local government departments to access debt collection, analytics, and litigation and enforcement services.

Just Managing Director, Nick Georgiades, commented, “Steve has spent many years improving public sector organisations helping both them and the communities they serve. His experience managing the government's DMI contract makes him an ideal debt policy director at Just, the enforcement market integrator. Steve’s remarkable experience and capabilities will continue to build on the work being done at Just to change the way collections and recoveries work for the better.”

Steve added, “It has been a privilege to head up the Government Debt Management Function and deliver real change that has helped to maximise recoveries and minimise costs, while improving outcomes for customers and clients alike. I have long been impressed by Arum and Just: Arum because it doesn't just consult - it goes further by partnering with clients to deliver exactly what is needed, and Just. for its innovation and its ethos that you deserve to get paid, but not at any cost. Across these two companies sit some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. Once again, the privilege is mine to be joining such a fantastic team."