ABCUL Annual Conference 2019 gets underway

By Patrick Thorpe posted 17-04-2019 12:24:51


The ABCUL Annual Conference and AGM is the largest event in the British credit union calendar. It provides the opportunity for credit union board members, staff and volunteers to hear from a wide range of speakers, to discuss the issues that are important to them and network with others from the movement.

The conference will feature a range of plenaries, workshops and speakers – including Caroline Siarkiewicz, from Single Financial Guidance Body, regulatory update from the Prudential Regulation Authority, and the Financial Conduct Authority, a panel of experts provide their perspectives of financial inclusion in the credit union sector, and a detailed discussion surrounding fintech and the digital challenge for credit unions.

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ABCUL members will also hear an update from new ABCUL CEO, Robert Kelly as he provides an overview of the key themes for the launch of a major Town Hall consultation process on the Future of the British Credit Union movement.

Day two will feature a keynote speech from John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury. John has been Economic Secretary since January 2018 with responsibility for financial services regulation and legislation as well as credit unions and financial inclusion policy.

This year’s conference also sees ABCUL launch its Young Professionals Network , created to provide a “robust and dynamic environment for young credit union professionals to connect learn and love out co-operative values to enable them to develop into credit union leaders, and retain their talent within the British movement”.

Debbie Smith-Hands, from Pennine Community Credit Union and The North West Youth Forum- another new ABCUL initiative to engage the next generation – said: “The network will bring training and development opportunities for young people working in the sector and a platform for our future credit union leaders to connect with like-minded people. These networks are vital in order to retain young talent in our sector and I would urge all credit unions with staff members that fit the criteria to encourage them to get involved”.

ABCUL’s Head of Member Services, Rosanna Donovan, added: “I am particularly excited to see the positive developments in engaging younger staff through the forums and am delighted a number of them will be joining us in Manchester”.

The conference offers a programme for people from every size and type of credit union. It also is a great opportunity for people wanting to learn more about credit unions, their work and their potential.

ABCUL would like to thank CUNA Mutual Group for their continued support and sponsorship at the ABCUL Annual Conference 2018