Why did you first get involved in credit unions?
I was first prompted to investigate credit unions as a result of a church sermon about stewardship.
I became a director of North Wiltshire Credit Union in 2014, just as the merger process was starting with the other Wiltshire credit unions. I became Chair and Manager of the merged credit union in 2017, “retiring” in early 2021 to concentrate on the role of General Manager, as we seek to grow our membership and streamline our processes.
Why did you choose to stand for election to the ABCUL Board?
I have met a number of colleagues from other credit unions through the years, especially in the SW region, and understand the challenges that we face, many of them common across many credit unions. I hope that my experience will enable help other credit unions, and will also help ABCUL in the way it seeks to improve its support of them.
What have you gained from being a member of the ABCUL Board?
As a new member of the board I am still learning, but I have found the support of other members of the board very helpful.
What advice would you give to people considering standing for the ABCUL Board?
If you have a desire to help the credit union movement flourish and to find ways of helping credit unions work together, then this is something you should seriously consider.