The Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL) has announced that it has appointed a new Chief Executive to replace Mark Lyonette who stood down in May.  Robert Kelly, the current Chief Executive of NHS Credit Union and former President of ABCUL, will take up the role later in the year.

Kelly brings with him a huge amount of experience of the credit union sector having worked within the sector since 2003.  In his most recent post at NHS Credit Union, Kelly has overseen a major expansion of the credit union’s operations with the credit union growing by over 400% since taking the post.  Through his long service to the Association as an elected director, he also has extensive knowledge of ABCUL’s governance and operations and strong networks within the sector.  Finally, Robert’s role on various regulatory and policy-making committees through ABCUL over the years provides him with a strong grounding in the representative role of the Association and makes him an ideal candidate to lead the Association going forward.

Karen Bennett, ABCUL President, said: “The ABCUL Board is thrilled to appoint a new Chief Executive with Robert’s talent, skills and experience.  He brings enormous knowledge of the sector, its challenges and the role of the Association in enabling our members to rise to them.  He has a vision for the future of ABCUL and for the credit union movement at large which the Board and I fully support. We can’t wait to welcome Robert to the role later in the year and to work together closely for the greater good of our member credit unions and the people and communities they serve.  This is an exciting time for the credit union movement with our mission having never been so relevant.”

Robert Kelly said: “It is a great privilege to have been appointed to this hugely important position at a time of great change and opportunity for the credit union movement.  I am firmly committed to the co-operative values which mark out the credit union model within UK financial services and which are at the heart of ABCUL – our members’ Association. By working together through ABCUL, credit unions achieve more than they could alone and I can’t wait to lead the Association in adding value to our members and, by extension, society.  I know I take the helm of a committed staff and board team dedicated to delivering for members every day.”

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