ABCUL Board Profile - Director for the North West

Mario Arnone - Director for the North West (Joined ABCUL Board in 2019)

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Mario is a director of Pennine Community Credit Union where he also has additional responsibilities around providing advice and direction in relation to the credit union’s IT services. 

He first became involved with credit unions about 20 years ago when he was part of the team that built the Credit Union Current Accounts for ABCUL. He was also a voluntary member of the credit committee for the Co-op employees credit union.

Since leaving the Co-operative Bank after 30 years he has set up a property development company. He has also held a number of voluntary roles including 15 years as a school governor where he also set up and chaired a social enterprise company.

Why did you first get involved in credit unions?

I really liked the principle and idea of communities of local people or employees setting up something to help each other save or borrow money as an alternative to traditional financial institutions.

Why did you choose to stand for election to the ABCUL Board? 

It was initially suggested to me by my local credit union and I thought that with my experience and background I could add value and contribute to the future success and growth of the movement.

What have you gained from being a member of the ABCUL Board?

I’ve only been on the ABCUL board for a few months so too soon to tell - I did however gain a fine for driving in a bus lane on the way to a board meeting in Manchester !

 What have you been able to contribute to the ABCUL Board? 

Again, too early to have any impact but I hope my experience in banking and knowledge of the financial and IT sector will be helpful to ABCUL and the wider movement.

 What advice would you give to people considering standing for the ABCUL Board? 

Be confident of your own experience and skills and if you think you can make a positive difference to the movement then joining the ABCUL board would be a great way of doing this. Oh, and if you do join don’t drive in the bus lane on your way to a board meeting!