Archie Buchanan: Chairperson
Stephen Sherriff: Vice-chairperson
I have been involved with EK Credit Union for 10 years and have served as director, chairperson and Loan Review Board member. During the move to our new premises on Brouster Hill, I acted as project director and was onsite almost every day for six months. Having a retail background, I am involved in some of the sales and marketing initiatives. I enjoy my varied role and look forward to serving for many more years.
I joined the Board in 2010, being formally elected as a Director at that year’s AGM. At the 2013 AGM I was appointed as Treasurer. I am a Chartered Accountant and am now semi-retired after 38 years in the accountancy profession. I have lived in East Kilbride since 1961 and am pleased to be able to help the future development of the credit union in the strategic oversight role of the board.
I have been involved in credit unions as a member and director for nearly 30 years and I am currently the Secretary of East Kilbride Credit Union. I represent Scottish Credit Unions in the UK Policy Panel and attend many meetings of the Trade Body, ABCUL where my previous experience in local government serves me well. I am responsible for Governance and Compliance at EKCU and this means that I make sure the Board is accountable, fair and transparent and that the business meets its statutory and regulatory requirements.
I have been a member for nearly 30 years and a volunteer director for 15 years. I started as a teller and am now part of the Loan Review Board that considers some of the higher-level loan applications. I feel that after this time I am only repaying all the help other volunteers gave me and the members over the years.
I have been a member of EK Credit Union for 30 years and a director for over two years. I started my career at Imperial Tobacco, later moving to EK District Council and South Lanarkshire Council where I worked in IT. As Health & Safety officer for Unison I was privileged to study for many certificates and degrees courtesy of the trade union. Hopefully I can put my education, skills and knowledge to good use as a director of EK Credit Union for the benefit of the members.
I am a qualified Solicitor and was a partner in a local Legal Practice based in Strathaven from 1981 to 2015. I was Senior Partner of the firm for 12 years and have extensive experience in Financial and Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Anti-Money Laundering procedures. I believe strongly in the ethics and principles of the credit union movement and believe that my skills and experience will be of benefit to East Kilbride Credit Union.
I joined the Board of EKCU in 2017 as I believe my professional experience will be of value to the credit union. I have extensive IT and Security experience gained in large financial institutions such as Lloyds TSB Banking Group where I was Director of Project Delivery before my retirement.
I joined EK Credit Union in 2006 as General Manager after many years working for the Civil Service. Before joining the Credit Union I was involved as Finance and Project Manager for DWP delivering large scale IT, telephony and Data Protection projects. I was a member of the Credit Union before becoming manager and my key aim for the business is to ensure that our valued members get the best products and modern services we can offer but never to lose sight that the underlying ethos of credit unions is People Helping People.
Aimie Nicol: Operations Manager
I joined EKCU in 2005 and have enjoyed many different roles within the business before becoming the Operations Manager in 2016. I work closely with the General Manager and Board of Directors to deliver and implement improved services for our members with support from the full staff team. I fully support the credit union movement and the idea of people helping people and look forward to the many exciting changes the future will bring for EKCU.
Lori Forsyth: Business Services Officer
I have been the Business Services Officer for East Kilbride Credit Union since 2016. My role is varied and no two days are ever the same. I work closely with the team and Board of Directors to ensure we deliver the needs of our existing members as well as attracting new members. We believe strongly in people helping people, supporting the community, listening to members’ needs and delivering excellent customer service. I am currently studying towards a Certificate in Credit Union Professional Conduct which is a recognised qualification from the London Institute of Banking & Finance.
June Fitzpatrick: Member Services Officer – Admin
I became a member of EKCU in 1983 and have volunteered for numerous positions within the credit union including teller, assistant treasurer and director. I joined the staff team in 2005. The Credit Union was an important part of both my parents’ lives and I am a keen supporter. I believe in the ethos of the credit union and the benefit it creates for the local community in East Kilbride.
Stephen Fyfe: Member Services Officer – Admin
I joined EK Credit Union in 2012 as a volunteer teller and joined the staff team in 2013. I previously worked for the Civil Service for 39 years and was a part time barman for almost 20 years. I live locally with my wife and have two sons. I enjoy dealing with members in my position on a daily basis and believe in fair and honest customer service.
Eleanor Robertson: Member Services Officer – Support & Liaison
Prior to joining EKCU as an employee over 10 years ago I worked in finance for 11 years. During my time at EKCU I have had various roles. Currently one of my main roles involves dealing with all online communications. This can include dealing with online loan applications, share withdrawals, new member applications; member enquires in fact anything that reaches our inbox. EKCU is run by members for members, from the Board of Directors, Managers, Staff and Volunteers and I am happy to be part of the team.
Linda Cochrane: Receptionist
I have always supported the Credit Union movement through my mum’s involvement in Glasgow credit union’s and joined EKCU in 2014 as a volunteer teller, becoming a member of staff in 2016. I am the first point of call for members visiting the office, but I’m also fully trained as a loan officer and able to sign up new members. I have undertaken Business studies, Accounting and a HNC in Communications. I have recently been appointed as the Health and Safety officer for EKCU and am currently studying for a Certificate in Credit Union Professional Conduct.
Linzi Lange: Receptionist
I joined EKCU in November 2016, coming from a retail background. I am first in line to help the members with any account queries and most recently took on additional duties of loan officer in the short space of a year. I have increased my knowledge of credit unions over the past year by completing courses with the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd and I am keen to complete a qualification in Credit Union Professional Conduct within the next year.
Pat Lang: Volunteer Loan Officer
I retired from working with DWP after 36 years of service. In order to keep my brain active I joined the Credit Union as a volunteer loan officer. I have been a volunteer now for over 7 years and no two days are ever the same.
Craig Thomson: Volunteer
I have volunteered for EKCU for 10 years mainly as a receptionist and teller. More recently I have been involved in carrying out a full review of all new members ensuring that all relevant documentation is available and that member files are kept up to date.
Anne Bootland: Volunteer Loan Officer
I have been involved with the credit union for 26 years and have carried out a number of roles including Teller, Loan Officer and Director. I currently work as a School Support Assistant based in Blantyre. I care for children aged 5 – 18 with additional support needs and I am also a deaf communication worker.
Gerry Quinn: Volunteer
After working for over 40 years in the accountancy industry I decided to retire and enjoy a bit of “me time”. However to keep my brain engaged I looked around for a volunteering opportunity and came across EKCU which I joined in May 2017. My current role is as a teller on the front desk.
Jason Smith: Volunteer
Andy Wilson: Supervisory
I have been with the credit union for just over ten years, the first few years at the front desk, before moving onto internal audit (supervisory). My work background was mainly doing bookkeeping, accounts etc. so it’s all been about keeping track of money and where it’s going. This helps to keep my brain active, as my hobbies are cycling and skiing, which keep my body active.