Steve retired several years ago from a career in Sales and Sales Management and is now an executive trustee of three charities. Since joining Swan Director Phil Stratton in founding Sharing Life Trust in 2003, he has been a passionate and active advocate for those in our communities who are marginalised and often invisible. Sharing Life Trust provides practical support services, including a Foodbank, has formed strong local networks in Thame, and was a key element in the merger of Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Credit Unions, to form Swan. Steve has served on the Supervisory Committee. He joined the Board in 2015.
Philip is the only remaining founding member of the Credit Union on the Board. He has been Treasurer in 2006, 2013, and 2014; Chair of the Board from 2007 through 2013; and has now taken over as Company Secretary. He is responsible for grant funding and for regulatory compliance. Until retirement in 2014, Philip was an international consultant in official statistics, with a particular focus on supporting statistical capacity building in developing countries. He remains an active member of the Royal Statistical Society. Philip is the Director for Swan’s Milton Keynes community Bank.
Phil joined the Board early in 2013 following his involvement as a Board Member of Aylesbury Credit Union. Together with Steve Eyre, he helped champion the merger between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Credit Unions, to form Swan Credit Union. He now heads Swan’s interests in South East Oxfordshire and was involved in organising the launch of Thame Community Bank in October 2013 and Didcot Community Bank in September 2015. He runs an IT Business in Aylesbury, and is a trustee of two other charities involved in the relief of hardship and poverty, providing support to people both in the UK and overseas.
Ian retired in 2012 from a career as an actuary in consultancy, risk management and the prudential regulation of insurance companies. He is now an adviser at Citizens Advice, working with clients on debt and other issues. This led to Ian’s interest in developing credit union facilities in Didcot, where he is the Director for Swan’s Didcot Community Bank. Ian is also a trustee of TRAIN, a charity that provides detached youth work in Didcot. He is a member of Didcot Methodist Church and joined the Swan Board in September 2015.
As a Didcot Town Councillor, Charlie is responsible for decisions that impact the community. He brings to the board 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, ranging from consumer-lending, sales and marketing to client-advice and project governance. Having completed his Executive MBA at Henley Business school, Charlie uses his business acumen to help the board plan its strategic direction and implement long-term sustainable offerings that best serve community interests.
Mark was co-opted to the Swan Credit Union Board at the 2015 AGM. His financial services experience is drawn from senior manager positions from within the large Accountancy & Business Advisory firms.
In recent years however, he has helped focus The Business Partnership to champion the co-operative and credit union ambition.
Supported by the Swan Credit Union, Mark attended the 2015 residential program to attain the designated credit union development educator (CUDE) status and is an associate of ABCUL (our trade association).
Christine is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualified human resources and learning and development professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the financial services sector. She is highly experienced in working within the PRA/FCA regulated environment, particularly in relation to the Senior Managers and Certification Regimes and Training and Competence arenas. Christine now works with financial services organisations as an executive coaching and training and development specialist, helping both senior managers and their Board members develop their leadership and management skills. Christine is the Director for Swan’s Aylesbury Vale Community Bank.
Gary worked for the HSBC Group for 35 years before retiring in 2013. During his career he worked in International Trade Finance and the Global Markets Divisions of the Bank. He is experienced in Sales, Sales Management and held a Senior Management leadership role. He now works as part of a consultancy group working with businesses in the UK to ensure their Banking costs are appropriate, fair and equitable.
Gary joined Swan as a volunteer early in 2016. He is based in Milton Keynes, is an active member of Milton Keynes Community Bank and is passionate about developing the awareness of the critical role Credit Unions can and should play in helping those in society who most need financial support.
After undertaking project work on behalf of the Board he was appointed to the role of Treasurer in September 2016.