Meet The Board & Committee Members

Board Members

Mark Bates: Chair

Mark is a long-time local resident of Stockport and has a 40-year career working in a wide variety of businesses; he currently holds several Chairmanship roles.

Joanne Griffiths: Vice-Chair

Joanne Griffiths is a Senior Leader with 30 years’ experience in Financial Services and Distribution. Joanne specialises in business turnaround transforming failing operations into productive and profitable businesses. Joanne has a depth of experience in delivering engaged and productive teams to impact positively on the business strategy and goals. Over her career Joanne has  cultivated working partnerships to provide focus and developmental opportunities for leaders of the future.

In a self -employed capacity Joanne is currently providing coaching and mentoring to Executives and Senior Leaders around translating visions into strategy against a backdrop of transformational and cultural change.

Joanne is also an associate to a SME Insight2Grow who are a North West based Learning and Development Company.

Elaine Preece: Secretary

Elaine Preece has worked as a volunteer for SCU since 2012- mainly at Brinnington collection point. From September 2018, she joined the Board and became secretary in April 2019.

Earlier in her life, Elaine left grammar school to work as a hairdresser, culminating in becoming a top stylist for Vidal Sassoon.  Elaine has a first class degree in politics and contemporary history which she attained after having her four children.

Subsequent to attaining her degree, she went to work for an MP and then joined Stockport College as a Learning Support Assistant. During her time at Stockport College, Elaine became a staff governor serving for three years, until she retired in 2012.

Ray Bown: Treasurer

Biography to follow

James McMillan: Chair of Audit Committee

James McMillan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the ICAEW, and a certified Non-Executive Director. In 2020 he won the IoD Director of the Year award for his work at Stockport Credit Union.

James has first-hand experience of internal and external audit for third sector organisations and SMEs up to £200m turnover, corporate finance, and has extensive experience across business process improvement, HR, and programme management.

James is an entrepreneur and runs his own business advisory firm Audeo Fortis advising growing and scaling businesses, and myNexus Platform . James lives in central Manchester and his grandparents have lived in Stockport for over 40 years

James Hull: Non-Executive Director

Biography to follow

Credit Committee

The Credit Committee is an elected committee. At the Annual General Meeting members may be nominated and serve for a term of 3 years. The committee has a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8 people.

Members of the Credit Committee meet every Tuesday at our registered office at First House and consider some of the loan applications made by members. It’s a busy and varied role.

Dr Katie Booth
Sheila Townsend
Dr Matthew Ellis
Anne Philips
Lois Cunningham
Mike Brownbill

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee has two volunteer lay member positions. The job of the lay members is to provide member oversight to the Board activities and assist with the work of the Audit Committee. The voluntary Risk Management Officer also assists the Audit Committee in managing risk and determining risk management strategy.

Graham Privett: Risk Management Officer

A non-voting invited member of the board Graham assists the board in a voluntary capacity with the Risk Management of Stockport Credit Union.

VACANCY: Lay Member

The Rules of Stockport Credit Union have been designed to have two lay members of the Audit Committee. This ensures that the members voice is incorporated into the oversight work of the committee.

VACANCY: Lay Member

The Rules of Stockport Credit Union have been designed to have two lay members of the Audit Committee. This ensures that the members voice is incorporated into the oversight work of the committee.