Directors' biographies

Sue Gurney - Director - Clivey Credit Union - Swindon

For the past 35 years Sue has worked in a variety of jobs for Esso Garages, in roles including managing a number of garages, responsibility for health & safety of all garages in the South West of England. She is currently training officer with responsibility for ensuring all staff are up to date with current policies and procedures. Sue has been involved with Clivey Credit Union for the past 16 years and has had a variety of roles including being the Money Laundering Officer and currently Assistant Treasurer. She has also been actively involved with the Swindon Credit Union Forum for the past 16 years.

Wyndham Conniff - Director - Newport Credit Union - Wales

After completing over 20 years in the British Steel Technical Department at Llanwern Steel Plant, Wyndham has held senior positions in the voluntary sector in which he continues to take a keen interest. He served as Assistant Director Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations for a period of 15 years, supporting the development of voluntary organisations that included children and young people, families, adults and young people with a disability, minority groups, mental health and substance misuse until his retirement in 2007. He then joined the Board of Newport Credit Union in south Wales where he has served as Chair and Vice-Chair and continues to be a Director today. Wyndham was elected to the Board of ACE in 2011 during which time has attended and represented ACE at meetings with the Welsh Government, the PRA and FCA and the National Credit Union Liaison Group. 

Bill Hudson - Director - CEO

Bill has been involved in the development of credit unions in Wales for more than 27 years, starting initially with Barnardos, where he worked for 6 years before moving to the Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC).  He worked for the WCC supporting credit unions for a period of 14 years, the last two of which were spent on secondment to the Welsh Government as Financial Inclusion Strategy Manager, where he was responsible for delivery of the Welsh Government’s first Financial Inclusion Strategy. In 2010 he became Programme Manager for the Welsh Government funded All Wales Credit Union Support Programme, working for the Social Investment Business. Over a four year period he led a small team of advisors providing a business support service to credit unions in Wales and overseeing a £4m budget. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of ACE Credit Union Services since October 2014.

Nancy MacGillivray - Director (ACE Treasurer) - West Lothian Credit Union

Nancy’s involvement in credit unions began in 1997 when discussions were held about setting up a local credit union. North Livingston was given permission to issue loans in 1998 and subsequently became Livingston Credit Union trading as West Lothian Credit Union where she holds the position of Chair.  She was present at the inaugural meeting which constituted ACE Credit Union Services and she became a Trustee at the AGM held in Livingston in May 2007. Her background was as Business Manager for General Medical Practices, following that she became General Manager of the South Lanarkshire Credit Union Network, a charity set up to support, develop and promote seven credit unions in the local authority area. She then was appointed as Credit Union Development Worker with Falkirk Council to assist four credit unions in the authority’s area in further development.  Nancy stopped working in 2011 due to her husband’s ill health but continues to volunteer with the credit union and with ACE.

John Richards - Director - Newport Credit Union - Wales

John has recently retired after 10 years as the Manager of Gateway Credit Union in south Wales. In previous lives he has been a Production Engineer, VSO Small business advisor in Sri Lanka, opened two successful record stores, a mail order business and a record label. He currently sits as a Director on the Board of Newport Credit Union.

Malcolm Richards - Director (Chair) - Falkirk Credit Union

Malcolm is a retired Local Government Officer. When elected to the Board of his Local Co-operative Society he was the youngest member ever to be appointed. He is an active member of NALGO and later UNISON where he held the position of Branch Vice-Chair, Welfare Officer and Treasurer. He is also active in the work of the ex-service Community holding various positions within The Royal British Legion Scotland at Branch, County, Area and National levels. For over 15 years Malcolm was an elected Member of Grangemouth Community Council and Secretary to that body. He is currently Director/Secretary of Falkirk District Credit Union.

Alan Robson - Director - North Tyneside Employees Credit Union

Alan has worked for North Tyneside Employee Credit Union as Credit union Officer (Members & Policy) since 2013. Prior to this he worked for his local authority North Tyneside, dealing in all aspects of local authority housing including compiling and submitting bids for Government funding, managing and regenerating the Meadow Well housing estate. Latterly he was responsible for producing and delivering the local Community Safety Partnership Strategy. He was also the local authority representative in partnership meetings with the Police, Fire & Rescue, Probation Service, & Primary Care Trust. He line managed up to 30 staff. Prior to this Alan served for a period of 10 years as an RAF policeman, serving in Northern Ireland, Muscat and Oman, & Gibraltar; where he was responsible for the security of aircraft and personnel and the control of secure areas. Alan is also an active volunteer in his local community where he has worked as a primary school governor for 27 years, an independent Adoption Panel member, and as a trustee of the Wallsend Memorial Hall for 20 years.

David Eadie - Director - Falkirk Credit Union

David has been a self employed owner taxi driver for over 20 years. His interest in the credit union movement began in 1995 when he became a Board member of the Falkirk District Taxi Trades Credit Union. The Taxi Trades Credit Union then merged with Westquarter Credit Union in 2007, to form the now Falkirk District Credit Union. Positions held on the Board have included being a Member of Loans Committee, Assistant Treasurer, and Treasurer, Money Laundering Officer, Vice Chairman and Chairman.

Robert Buckley - Director - Moneywise Credit Union

Robert has been a Director of Moneywise credit union for 4 years. In addition to this he is also a member of the Council of Governors of the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Director of The Gateshead Housing Company, Chair of North Star Health, Chair of Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation. He holds a Ph.D in Islamic Studies and is a CNHC registered massage therapist. He is a Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, a Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Fiona Archbold - Associate Director - Tusmor

Fiona Archbold is the founder and CEO of Tusmor, which fast tracks banking start-ups through the regulatory process, providing expert support and best-of-breed technology. Having delivered two start-up retail banks and a credit union, Tusmor has strong partnerships with complementary and like-minded organisations motivated to re-invent the customer proposition bringing innovation and competition to the market. The Tusmor team is currently engaged in work to open up access to payments with the aim of enabling all regulated financial service providers to provide better, cheaper and faster payments accounts to their customers. Widely recognised as an expert in the UK new entrants banking sector, Fiona holds a degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Heriot Watt University and has 34 years’ experience working at the sharp end of the technology sector in companies as diverse as American Express, United States Trust, Bank of America, Ivobank, Metro Bank and Kensington and Chelsea Credit Union.

Kathryn Burgess-Gould - Associate Director - Barclays

Kathryn is a graduate of the Aston University with Combined Honours degrees in Business Administration and Chemistry. Her work experience was with BP during which time she gained two European patents. She worked with Unilever on their graduate programme before joining the Army. Originally a HR expert she was one of the first to gain a MCIPD and then an MBA, eventually to become an inspector and auditor for the Army’s front line units and headquarters. In 2010 she took the opportunity to specialise in CTF and was embedded in the USMC spending 2011-12 in Afghanistan, her work earning her two Commendations and the award of the Patriots Flag. The highlight being the discovery that DfID was about to award a £35m contract to a shell company owed by the Taliban commander who was leading the campaign to blow them up. She joined Barclays FinCrime Risk Assessment team as the AML VP as one of the first on the AFTER programme. She is a guest lecturer for ICA on CTF and helps her local Barclays Branch office team when they have business events on Financial and Cyber Crime.