ABCUL Board Profile - Director for Scotland

Andy Wright - Director for Scotland (joined ABCUL Board in 2013)


Andy is the CEO of 1st Class Credit Union. He first become involved with the credit union at its inaugural meeting in 1991 and carried out a range of volunteer roles before staff were employed.  He has also been Vice Chair of the Glasgow Credit Union Strategy Group. 

 Why did you first get involved in credit unions?
I got involved because I believed that main stream banks were not providing the ordinary worker / man in the street value for money and they did not reflect their needs. I was aware of credit unions in Ireland and believed this was a viable alternative to high st banks.

Why did you choose to stand for election to the ABCUL Board?
I thought it was time to put something back into the movement; I have had years of experience collaborating with other credit unions, and with CUCA accounts etc.


What have you gained from being a member of the ABCUL Board?
As a CEO it is good to bring your prospectus to the table but even better when you listen to others and collaborate to bring change, so I would say the ability to listen more to other sides of the story.

What have you been able to contribute to the ABCUL Board? 
I would hope that I have brought my overall experience of the movement and acted in the movements best interest. 

What advice would you give to  people considering standing for the ABCUL Board? 
What I would say to anyone considering standing is speak with board members before, get to know what is being asked of you,  prepare for board attendance, make sure you can commit the time, be open to other views and you will have a worthwhile experience.