The Team

Gerry Docherty: Chairperson
I have been involved in credit unions as a member and director for nearly 30 years and I am currently the Chair 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.

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.

Nicol Cleland: Treasurer 
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.

Charlie McLeish: Secretary
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.
Dave Thomson: Director
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.
Archie Buchanan: Director
I have been a member of the Credit Union for over 30 years and have had many varied roles including teller, loan officer, Loan Review Board member, Director and the previous Chairman.

I have also been a Local Authority Councillor in EK for some 26 years now and run my own small business so am used to dealing with local people and highlighting the many excellent benefits of being a member of East Kilbride Credit Union.

I believe in the ethos of the Credit Union movement and believe that my experience can be of great benefit to both local people and our Credit Union. I am currently on the Board of Directors and intend playing my part for many years to come.

Bob Flynn: Director
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.
Shona Mitchell: Director
I have been a member of EKCU for 10 years and joined the Board in February 2018.

Currently I am a policy and public affairs advisor at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Previously I have been employed by the Scottish and European Parliaments. While living in Brussels, I attended the European Parliament CU Interest Group where representatives shared best practice on how credit unions operate in their home nations. Previous to this, I was a journalist with the EK News for 7 years, so have a well-rounded knowledge of the area and the communities within it.

I believe EKCU works for the benefit of its members and provides a first class service to the community. I am thrilled to be part of the team.

John Lange: General Manager
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 Reception
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 Credit Control 
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 Credit Control 
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: Member Services – Admin
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: Member Services Admin
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.

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.