Meet The Board & Committee Members

Board Members

Joanne Griffiths: Interim-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 is a long-standing volunteer and has done everything from working on our collection points to working in the Brinnington office. She is passionate about her work, especially in that it brings her into contact with so many people, especially our members.

Elaine has a comprehensive knowledge of our products, policies, procedures and a good understanding of how the office functions.

She has a first-class degree in Politics and Contemporary History which gives her skills in analysis of complex documents. This has been vital when reading internal audit and risk assessment documents for example. Equally, as secretary, notetaking proficiency during meetings and précising them is part of her job. 

During her working life, Elaine has been employed by an MP in their constituency office and by Stockport College in teaching and learning support. These two jobs brought her into contact with a people from a wide range of backgrounds and a myriad of problems.  Elaine gleaned two useful skills for her role as a NED – the ability to work in a team and act as a constructive critic with our executive team.

Andrew Foster: Treasurer

Newly joined in October 2020, Andrew is Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of industry experience working with small and medium sized businesses. Whilst originally from the wrong side of the Pennines, he settled in the “SK”’s in 1987 and looks forward to supporting the Board in promoting the credit union values throughout Stockport

In his spare time, Andrew is a committee member of the Stockport Association of Swim Clubs as well as a swim coach and Treasurer of a local swim club.

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

Funsho Oshewa: Non-Executive Director

Funsho has over 25 years’ senior experience in retail and investment banking. Since 2016, she has supported various banks, advising them on mitigating business regulatory risk, developing effective governance and commercial actions to grow their business. She also has recent experience of regulatory risk business transformation projects, focusing on resolving compliance and regulatory issue.

Funsho joined the board in 2020 and is currently a serving member of the Audit Risk Governance Committee.

Ray Bown : Non-Executive Director

Ray is our former Treasurer and still has a very active role assisting our Finance Manager and current Treasurer.

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.