The body that ensures sound management is in place within PCS Credit Union and also serves as a liaison between the membership and the credit union.
PCS Region: ARMs/Midlands
Dave is currently PCS Credit Union's Chair. He served as the PCS Deputy President and Chair of the PCS national Finance Committee until 2012. Because of that, he played an instrumental part in helping to set up the PCS Credit Union. It seemed logical therefore that when that period ended he became a Director of the Credit Union Board. He was Treasurer for three years up until March 2016 when he became Chair.
He wants to put his previous experience in assisting growth in membership, investments and income to good use and takes the view that the future of the credit union needs to be fixed in further increasing its’ previous growth. To that end he intends to lead the Board into discussions with other interested parties, notably, but not exclusively, within the trade union movement to enable extending the common bond and consequently it’s membership catchment area. He also intends to focus on increasing available savings and loan products to make the credit union a viable and ethical financial alternative to the high street banks and unscrupulous payday lenders.
PCS Region: ARMs/Yorkshire & Humberside
Christine is currently Vice Chair of the Board. She worked within HM Revenue & Customs for 33 years and is now retired. She has been actively involved within PCS as a member of both the National Executive Committee and Finance Committee and in 2009 was awarded life membership.
She was a member of the Finance Committee when the conference motion to set up a Credit Union was carried and was actively involved in laying its foundations. “I have seen the misery of people driven to take loans at extortionate rates of interest because of desperate circumstances, resulting in massive debts and even driving people to suicide. I believe our Credit Union will be a lifeline for many members in difficult times and will also encourage people to save in better times.”
PCS Region: ARMs/Eastern
Martin retired after a 40 year apprenticeship in HMC&E and HMR&C and is currently Treasurer. Having been an active trade unionist for the majority of that time, including serving in every branch position and on the Group SOC, he was proud to be publicly ‘outed’ as a Socialist at his retirement do.
He is now eager to use all his experience to help the Credit Union to expand and open up its products to all PCS members.
He is active as a school governor specialising in education financing, married with one adult daughter he enjoys the peace and quiet of North Norfolk.
PCS Region: ARMs/Yorkshire & Humberside
Es worked for HMRC for 37 years, the last 12 as a Departmental trainer. He is now the credit union's secretary. A union activist for 35 years at local, branch and Group level, he was a member of the Revenue and Customs Group SOC. He is married to Christine and became involved in the Credit Union because of her enthusiasm and commitment.
Es is a keen musician playing guitar, mandolin and Irish bouzouki and singing as a duo with Christine.
Es believes strongly that Credit Unions are useful for everyone, not just people who have had problems with credit. He says “Why give money to banks and credit card companies when you can save money and help yourself and your fellow members.”
PCS Region: Scotland/Northern Ireland
Peter works for the Employment Tribunal in Glasgow which is part of the Ministry of Justice. He has been in the Civil Service and a union member since 1978 working for DWP before moving to Tribunals in 2004.
His interest in the Credit Union stems from his involvement in the wider Co-operative movement and a belief in mutual ownership. He is married with a teenage daughter. When his duties as “Dad’s Taxi” allow, he is on the committee of his local amateur opera group and treasurer of his Co-operative Party branch.
PCS Region: ARMs/Midlands
Dave recently retired after 41 years service in HMCE/HMRC. A lifelong trade union member, for the last 20 years he was an area representative in the Criminal Justice Branch and then ABS and Deputy Branch Secretary.
He is totally committed to making the PCS Credit Union a success and will be promoting its values to ensure its goes from strength to strength. He believes it is vital for our members to have access to a savings and loan organisation which helps them to avoid using payday loan companies.
Since retiring he has become a volunteer driver for his local hospital transport charity, Parish Administrator for his local church and the Independent Person for a local number of local councils where he helps to investigate complaints against councillors. Any spare time is spent supporting Leicester Tigers RFC & Leicestershire CCC and trying to train and control a 12 month old Labrador called Wilf.
PCS Region: ARMs/South East
Laura is a member of the committee of ARMS. She was an activist in DWP Group for 30 years, including as Vice President, before retiring.
Laura's work in Social Security gave her insight into the lives of people who do not have easy access to credit, and how their lives are blighted by having to resort to unscrupulous payday lenders, and worse.
As a socialist, she admires the example of workers in 19th century who banded together to form friendly societies and co-operatives to help each other with money. She is proud that PCS chose to carry on that tradition by forming the credit union.
PCS Region: ARMs/London & South East
Paul is now retired after a civil service career of 35 years in which he worked for the former Department of Social Security and latterly for HMRC. He was actively involved at Branch level in PCS and its predecessor unions throughout that time, serving variously as Branch Executive Committee member, Branch Secretary and Branch Chair.
A lifelong socialist, Paul is committed to the principles of mutual support which underlie PCS Credit Union. As a board member, his experience of working in social security has informed his understanding of the value which credit unions can bring to the lives of their members. Paul has also served as a district councillor and chair of a school governing body and he hopes the understanding of sound financial management principles gained there can be used in the service of the Credit Union.
In his spare time Paul enjoys walking and trying to convince himself that he is still capable of actively pursuing his interest in caving.
Elected by the membership, the Supervisory Committee perform an internal audit throughout the year. They are responsible for ensuring the credit union operates within the law, rules and policies of the credit union and in the interest of members.
PCS Region: Scotland
Rob worked in Banking and Financial services in the early part of his working life and later as a management contractor for a private company working within MOD bases overseas. Most recently he has worked as a corporate and private debt collector in HMRC before transferring to management of the Debt Management Telephone Centres.
He has been a union rep in all walks of life for over 20 years and newly retired is looking to use his skill base to help operate the newly launched, socially aware Credit Union for PCS.
PCS Region: Northern
Dawn works for Home Office Finance, based in Durham. She worked for many years within the private sector before joining Her Majesty’s Passport Office in 2001, joining the Finance team in 2006. She has experience in sales and marketing, production planning, procurement and financial and management accounting.
Dawn has a strong belief in the credit union ethos of community finance, promoting and supporting the financial health of members. Dawn is married with two children and enjoys her free time motorcycling, fell walking and cycling.
There are 4 members of staff who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the credit union.
Nadia joined the team on a full-time basis in June 2016 as Office Manager. Nadia has over 17 years experience working in both public and private sector companies, including a previous role as Office Manager within another trade union and has studied Business and Finance, Accounting and Financial Trading. In January 2017 Nadia was promoted to a new post of Operations Manager.
Nadia looks forward to supporting the PCS Credit Union Members and helping to achieve the goals of the PCS Credit Union.
Alex joined the Credit Union in February 2017 as a Temporary Accounts Assistant and has now joined the team on a permanent Part Time basis.
Toni Elliott and Fiona Banks
Both joined the Credit Union as Part Time Administrators