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“Let’s build our co-operative”

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13 Mar 17

Delegates to the ABCUL Annual Conference have been encouraged to “build our co-operative”.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette made the call during his remarks to the ABCUL Annual General Meeting, which was held during the conference at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

Mark Lyonette was laying out the Association’s commitments for the year ahead to build more value for members with new products and services, to develop more convenient digital access to membership services, and to build up the Association’s membership.

More than 350 people gathered for what was one of the largest ABCUL Annual Conferences ever.

Supported by CUNA Mutual Group and facilitated by the writer and broadcaster Liz Barclay, delegates heard from a range of expert speakers over the course of 3 plenary sessions and a choice from 15 workshops.

Keynote speeches were delivered by HM Treasury’s Director of Financial Services Gwyneth Nurse and Fiserv’s Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Resilience Ed Sarama.

Regulation, legislation and credit union growth was the topic of contributions from the Financial Conduct Authority’s Head of Mortgages and Mutuals Alison Carpenter and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s Technical Specialist Roger Marsh.

Perspectives and lessons from the American credit union movement were provided by Chief Economist and Chief Policy Officer of America’s Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Bill Hampel, and President and CEO of Peach State Federal Credit Union Marshall Boutwell.

And delegates explored how credit unions can meet the technology challenge and do more to serve young people with the personal finance journalist Iona Bain and co-founder and Chairman of Squirrel, Emanuel Andjelic.

Reflecting on the conference, ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “The atmosphere at this year’s annual conference was full of energy and enthusiasm, and it was great to have such an excellent range of speakers in plenary sessions and workshops sharing their insights and learning with delegates.

“As a member-owned co-operative, ABCUL is its members. But it’s worth remembering that co-operation is actually really hard to do and hard to sustain, so we should be very proud of the strength of our co-operative which has helped Britain’s credit unions to achieve more together for almost 50 years.”

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