Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Derbyshire Community Bank is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected by the membership at our AGM.  In addition to the Board of Directors we have a volunteer Supervisory Committee who provide our internal audit function.

Chair – Mick Brown

Board of directors - Mick BrownI worked in the finance sector before leaving to go to University, and then undertook lecturing in Economics and Statistics for 10 years, in the further education sector.

A period as a senior manager in Further Education (FE) colleges in the east and west midlands was followed by my appointment as Principal of South East Derbyshire college – a position I held for 13 years.

In 2004 I left FE to work for a government agency responsible for funding and planning post-16 education and training, and when I retired in 2010, I was responsible for all post-16 planning and funding in the East Midlands – a budget of over £1 billion.

For a number of years I was Chair of the Charitable Company EMFEC, and was a founder Board Member of the Erewash Partnership. I also chaired a number of Committees and ad-hoc Boards for the government, and as college Principal I was national Chair of the Principal’s Professional Council (PPC) from 2001 to 2003.

Following my retirement, I joined the Board of the Erewash Credit Union, now Derbyshire Community Bank, in 2012, and took over as Chair in 2013.

Since retiring, I have undertaken no paid employment, and spend much of my spare time playing the saxophone in local Jazz bands. I am a firm advocate of lifelong learning. I have degrees from the University of Manchester and Loughborough University of Technology, qualifications in counselling theory and practice, and I am still undertaking courses in French and Jazz Improvisation. I am also an enthusiastic cyclist with Erewash Valley Cycling Club.

Vice-Chair – Adele Atkinson

Board of Directors - Adele AtkinsonI have worked within the Voluntary Sector for the last 10 years, with Amber Valley CVS.  Since leaving school I have worked in many different industries from steel manufacturing to selling IT.  My role has always been within finance, administration and human resources.

I joined the Credit Union when it first came into the Amber Valley as part of the steering group, this role then took me to join the board of Derbyshire Community Bank 3 years ago.  I bring experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers as well as offering advice of human resources for paid staff.

Director – Howard Forster

Board of Directors - Howard ForsterI spent most of my working life in the electronics industry where I held a variety of technical and managerial positions. Following early retirement in 2004, I was invited to join a group of volunteers who were working to establish a Credit Union in Erewash. We worked until the end of 2005 to put in place the legal, regulatory and financial conditions that were required in order to be allowed to operate and in April 2006 Erewash Credit Union was formally established.

I had the honour to be elected Chair of the first management Board and served in this position for the first five years of the organisations establishment and growth. As we initially only had one full-time manager and a part-time office administrator, I also acted as volunteer finance and accounting assistant, working in the office on a daily basis for the first few years of our existence. This experience enabled me to acquire valuable knowledge of the detailed workings and processes involved in running a successful financial services business and contribute to the Credit Union’s growth.

From modest beginnings we are now Derbyshire Community Bank. I am pleased to have the privilege to continue to serve as a Board member as part of a very capable team with the range of skills and ability to ensure that we can serve the best interests of all our members.

Director & Treasurer – Pat Butler

Board of Directors - Pat ButlerAs a founder member of the Broxtowe and Erewash Credit Union Steering Group I became a Director and helped it grow and evolve to become Erewash Credit Union. I was appointed as Treasurer in 2010 and remain in this role with the Derbyshire Community Bank.

My background is mainly banking and finance and have worked for the DWP and now work for Derby Homes within the Income Team.

Director – Phil Fee

Board of Directors - Phil FeeI have been employed within the local Cooperative movement for over thirty years in retail food store management positions. As an employee director I gain my membership to the Institute of Cooperative Directors and was a member of the local society’s regional and members committees and served on the main board until a restructuring of its governance.

I take a keen interest in promoting the Bank in my every day role as well as the cooperative movement. I have served on the board of the bank for 4 years and feel that through good leadership and management we have become more inclusive.



Director – Paul Whittingham

Board of directors - Paul WhittinghamI have worked in Social housing for Local Councils and Housing Associations in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire for  27 years. This work has included being a member of  county and district wide partnerships and boards.

I joined the board of the Credit Union ( as it was) during its expansion into Amber Valley and am committed to its continued  growth.

Until three years ago I was a school governor and for the past five years have managed  a local youth football team.


Director – Simon Taylor

Board of DirectorsI am a priest in the Church of England.  I served for ten years in Bristol before moving to Derby in 2012.  Today I serve as Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral and Area Dean of Derby City.  This gives me a role across the whole of the City of Derby and also through the county.

It is a privilege to be part of the Board of Derbyshire Community Bank, particularly as it looks to deepen its role in the City of Derby.



Director – Keith Donald

Keith joined the board of the Derbyshire Community Bank as a non-executive director in November, 2016.

Keith was brought up in Scotland and went to school in the north-west of England.  He studied for a bachelor of law degree and after graduating Keith was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn, London in 1978.  Since 1980 Keith has worked in various businesses in the U.K. and abroad, with a focus on corporate work in private equity.  He’s spent a
considerable amount of time working in Central Asia, Europe and South America.

Keith and his family moved to Derbyshire in February, 2005 when he took up a senior executive role with a global business in Burton-upon-Trent.  He is married with two children.

Outside work Keith is passionate about modern films and he spends a considerable amount of time at The Quad in Derby.  He also enjoys reading, walking his dogs in the area and supporting the Scottish rugby team.


Supervisory Committee (SC

Supervisory Committee Member – Andrew Simpson

I retired early in 2016 after working as an accountant in various industries that included glass manufacture, textiles, iron foundry and railways. After living in various parts of England, Scotland and Wales I have lived in Swanwick in Derbyshire since 1987.

I am committed to the ethos of the credit union to provide cost effective financial services to the residents of Derbyshire. I am keen to put my experience to good use for the benefit of the credit union as it expands.