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ACE CEO Bill Hudson has announced that after 9 years of working for ACE Credit Union Services he will be retiring following his 70th birthday in August 2023. Having worked for the credit union sector since 1990, Bill feels that now is the right time for him to pass on the responsibility of running the 24-year-old credit union trade association.

Bill said “When I first started working for ACE in 2014, the Board were uncertain as to whether or not they could afford to pay a full-time CEO. I had worked closely we with previous CEO, Barbara Hann who had not received a salary. I knew at the time that ACE had been set up as an alternative type of trade body that put its members at the top of the tree regardless of size and that’s what appealed to me”

Although he will no longer be the ACE CEO in September 2023, Bill has agreed to remain on the ACE Board of Directors as a volunteer. He said: “The last 9 years have been very enjoyable and I will leave with many happy memories of working with ACE members and ACE directors who have always been very supportive of me. I will continue to follow the future of ACE and support its development.” The CEO role has been advertised on LinkedIn and already attracted a lot of interest. If you are an ACE CU Services member and interested in applying for the role, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to discuss further.

If you would like to apply for the CEO's job please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job interviews will take place in Manchester on the 13th July 2023.


This year's ACE Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 21st October 2022 at 2pm on Zoom.To access the relevant paperwork and Zoom call invitation please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last week Cost of Living payments started to be issued, as a result  there has been an increase in the number of calls from Credit Unions, Corporate appointees and some NHS Secure Units to advise that they have been unable to identify who the payments should be allocated to as the reference is just 'Cost of Living'.

A solution has been agreed with Finance colleagues which will allow Credit Unions, Corporate Appointees and NHS Secure Units to email to following inbox This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the payment reference numbers and 'Cost of Living payment' in the subject line. This will allow Finance to identify by return email who these payments are intended for.

Download cost of living payments template here

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JOB VACANCY - Business Development Manager

ACE is currently looking to employ a Business Development Manager to help attract new members and promote ACE Credit Union Services across the Credit Union sector in Great Britain. Applications with a CV should be sent to bill.hudson@acecus.org The closing date for applications is 13/10/2023 with interviews being held in Manchester on the 23/10/2023


ACE Newsletter July 2023

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Following the trade bodies meeting with the PRA and FCA you can read about what you will need to do to take advantage of the new products and services being offered to credit unions through the Financial Servicesand Markets Act 2023. The FCA also lays out its expectations for credit unions as Consumer Duty becomes a reality on the 31st July 2023.