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.
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.
I 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.
I 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.
As 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I have spent virtually all my working life in local education eventually retiring as a deputy head from a local federation of schools. I have always loved teaching and my subject Biology so I still do a small amount of A level Biology teaching locally.
I have been a member of West Bridgford Hockey Club since 1974 and had to retire from playing 2 years ago due to ageing knees however I am still an active member as a qualified umpire. I help to run a walking group and I keep bees.
I have been a member of the supervisory committee for just over 3 years and I am committed to the credit union movement as I believe it provides an important ethical alternative to many of the less scrupulous finance companies available.