the wood family & co.
Neil, Cathy, Leane & Adam
The Certifiedby story is one of family business spanning 3 generations, and a company culture built around professionalism, accountability and personality.
Long before the internet & social media, Neil Wood (powered by the matriarch Cathy Wood) had a vision to unite the world of debt collection, so in the 80’s he founded TCM Group, and later GCS Credit, with a footprint of partners in more than 100 countries. Credit Management led to Risk Management, and GCS Risk was later born, to provide verification, investigation and brand protection services to some of the world largest brands.
Having also built the first of its kind “Global Case Management System (GCMS)”, it became clear compliance & technology were disruptive forces for change, and in 2016 Adam published “the digital disruption of the debt collection industry”, foreseeing some of the trends that dominate business today (ai, chatbots, regtech, etc).
In response to evolving regulatory requirements & digital disruption, Adam and Michael Collyer (RIP) developed the “Global Compliance Requirements Program” (GCRP), a compliance framework & assessment tool for our partners (mostly SMEs) to measure themselves against international best practices of governance, risk, compliance, cyber and data management.
As we rolled out this program to our partners and clients it became obvious there was a much greater need for such a program than just our own. Evidently SMEs across all sectors need help to overcome the burden of huge fees & complicated process, and big business need better ways to manage transparent supply chain & vendor risk management.
And so, after many iterations CertifiedBy was born. Finally a fit-for-purpose RegTech for SME’s and Supply Chains, with freemium (free & paid for) online programs for businesses to measure themselves against international best practice standards of governance, risk, compliance, privacy, cyber & data management.the
a startup with a soul
celebrating over 100 years of experience in international credit and risk management.
a walk down memory lane
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hosting world conferences
As the head office to partners in 100+ countries, TCM Group and later GCS Credit hosted conferences all over the world. Here’s a list of countries visited since 2000…
TCM Group hosted world conference in Melbourne, Australia
GCS hosted world conference in Las Vegas, USA
GCS hosted world conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
GCS hosted world conference in Prague, Czech Republic
GCS Hosted world conference in Vancouver, Canada
GCS Hosted world conference in Beijing, China
GCS hosted world conference in Chicago, USA
GCS hosted world conference in Dubai, UAE
GCS hosted world conference in Singapore
GCS hosted world conference in Washington DC, USA
GCS hosted world conference in Strasbourg, France
GCS hosted world conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
put your people first
meet the family
A unique blend of wisdom and youth.
Adam was the 2nd generation CEO of GCS Credit, an international credit & collections network in more than 100 countries, and now serves as Founder & CEO of Certified By.
Adam went on to lead the creation of the ICCA, an initiative to bring together the leading credit & collections industry associations around the world, to drive international standards. Starting with Privacy & Data Protection.
Leane is part of the 2nd generation of GCS Credit , the groundbreaking network of over 100 country members of international credit & collection specialists. She has been with the company for over 30 years in varied capacities. Leane works with her brother Adam in the business started by Neil (Father) and Cathy (Mother) Wood - although it is a very different business from all those years ago.
Neil is the founder & Chairman of GCS Credit, and built an international network of credit and collection specialists in more than 100 countries. Neil served on the board of ACA International, and later consulted on the formation of the ICCA, an initiative to bring together the leading credit & collections industry associations around the world, to drive international standards, starting with Privacy & Data Protection.
meet the brains trust
A extraordinary and diverse world of subject matter experts that have shared their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to shape our objectives & priorities. We are honoured and truly motivated by their support.
cyber & data
Dr. Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei
legal, policy & GRC
Prof. Nicholas Mroczkowski
Rozanne Andersen, Esq.
management & trade
money & credit
Pablo Andrés Salamone
digital & media
Dr. Darryl Carlton
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As you now know, behind all this flashy tech sits real people with family enterprise & small business values. If you’re not sure what’s right for you, or not ready to start a program…