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Board of Directors 

The Bristol Credit Union Board comprises up to 11 members of the Credit Union who voluntarily serve as Directors on behalf of the members and are elected at the AGM to serve for a period of three years.  A director can be elected for up to three consecutive terms making the maximum term of service 9 years.

The Board elects individuals from the Directors to be the Chair of the Board and the Vice Chair and Secretary.  Directors with relevant skills chair the Board Committees.  The Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary are elected each year after the AGM.

Current Board Members:

Jonquil Cairns joined the Board in 2015.  She brings 25 years’ experience from Lloyds Banking Group, in Retail, Commercial and Operations functions, and her qualification as a Certified Accountant to her role as a Director. She is Chair of the Risk Oversight Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  Having recently retired, Jonquil also volunteers as a Business Mentor for the Princes Trust and as a Ranger at Bristol Zoo.

Clare Coyne - joined the Board in 2016 and became BCU Secretary at the AGM in 2017.  She was previously Secretary to the Trustees of a large pension scheme in Bristol for ten years, as well as working on Freedom of Information and Data Protection, Privacy and Information Rights.  She has volunteered at a Foodbank in Bristol and with her local Scout Group.  

Sara Davies - joined the board in early 2017.  Her background in is understanding household finances and financial products from the perspective of the consumer.  She has been a Research Fellow at the Personal Finance Research Centre, at the University of Bristol, since 2009.  Prior to this, she undertook market research for financial clients via a Bristol-based market research agency.   

Paul Handford has been a member of the Board since 2013 and has brought his significant experience of marketing to BCU serving on the Marketing Committee since he joined and he is currently a member of the Risk Oversight Committee. Paul is an Executive Director of south-west based Redtag financial services marketing agency.  Paul is Bristol born and bred and he has over twenty five years experience of marketing and communications in financial, energy, education and leisure sectors.

Neil Holliday was elected to the Board in 2016 having been Chair of the Supervisory Committee since November 2013. He is currently a member of both the Audit Committee and the Risk Oversight Committee. Neil is a qualified actuary with over 35 years’ experience in financial services in the life assurance sector. Having retired in 2012, Neil is also Chair of the Trustees at Bristol based charity Talking Money. 

Martin Lloyd is the Treasurer of the BCU Board and has been a Director since 2013.  He is qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and Solicitor working in commercial and company law for global and local firms leading to being a founding partner in Hart Lloyd and Co in North Somerset from which he retired in 2008.  On the Board, Martin currently is chair of the Audit Committee and has brought his experience to issues relating to finance, lending and risk during his time as a Director.  His work away from BCU focuses on property management and development.

Harry Partington was elected Chair of the Board in 2011 having served as a Director since 2010.  Currently Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Oversight Committee, Harry has Finance, Marketing and HR committee experience at BCU.  He is qualified in banking (ACIB) and marketing (FCIM) with a background in financial services both from an employment perspective with Bristol and West, AXA and Lloyds Bank and also in running a local consultancy since 2008 specialising in advising financial services organisations on their future plans.

Paul Rabbeth has been a director since 2011 . He  retired in 2015 from the City of Bristol College, where he was a Lecturer and Health and Safety Officer, he had worked there since 2006 following nearly 35 years as a Police Officer with Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Paul brings a focus on people to the BCU Board and has served on the HR Committee previously and is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee.  He sat as  a magistrate in Bristol until 2016 when he retired and has experience as a School Governor in Keynsham

Lewis Ryden joined the board in March 2016 and is a founding partner at local business Sybaris Chauffeurs. He has a background in financial services having held a number of roles at Lloyds Bank in Bristol, primarily in customer insight and call centre management. Lewis now also works as a consultant helping organisations to improve their delivery of Customer and People Experience.

Interested in joining the Board? 

 If you are interested in becoming a Director of the Bristol Credit Union please contact Kate Hanks at info@bristolcreditunion.org.uk who will put you in contact with a member of the BCU Nominating Committee.  

Application process for nomination for election as a Director of Bristol Credit Union 

  • You will be invited to have a face to face meeting, usually with the Chair or vice Chair to hear about what being a Director involves, the time commitment and the role you might play on the Board.
  • If you wish to proceed you will need to complete a short application form setting out why you want to become a Director.
  • On receipt of the application the Nominating Committee will arrange a short interview for you usually with 2 Directors 
  • If successful you will receive a formal offer letter which will include the proposed date for your co-option to the Board  and nomination at the Annual General Meeting. Details of the Induction Programme will also be included.
  • If you are happy to accept the offer you will be asked to confirm this in writing, provide two references and confirm your suitability to be a Director of BCU.

Note: The Rules covering Nominating and Electing Officers are set out in the BCU Rule Book 2016, Rules 98 -105.

Click to DownloadDownload BCU Rule Book 2016 (427.7kb)

How to contact Bristol Credit Union

Main Branch

112/114 Cheltenham Road
Bristol, BS6 5RW

By phone

Call us on 0117 924 7309

By email

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