Matt Bland

Director

“Credit unions are all about solidarity with our colleagues and neighbours in financial matters. Helping one another save and borrow affordably to build our financial resilience. It is a hugely valuable contribution to society and I’m proud of my work in the sector”

I first became a Credit Union member, like many people, as I wanted a loan.  As a passionate supporter and advocate for credit unions, The Co-op Credit Union was the natural choice.  Much later, I was asked to join the Board and I thought that it was a great opportunity to use the knowledge I’ve got from working for ABCUL for the best part of a decade to help my own credit union develop and move forward.

I’m Head of Policy & Communications for the primary trade association for credit unions in Great Britain – the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL).  I manage the team responsible for governmental, regulatory and public affairs as well as media relations so have a detailed working knowledge of the regulatory, legislative and wider policy environment in which credit unions operate.  I also have extensive best practice knowledge of credit union operations and governance in the UK and abroad.

As with all co-operative societies, we’re stronger together and the more people join and use our services the better the service will be for everyone.  And because, since we’re owned by our members – the people that use the service – we have only your interests at heart.

Specialisms: my day job makes me an expert on credit union regulation and legislation. I also have a strong best practice knowledge of leading credit unions in the UK and across the world.