Matthew Watkins

Member Services

What are your hobbies and interests?

Reading, Music, watching a variety of sports, kickboxing, walking in the countryside

What is your greatest passion?

Listening to music and going to gigs

What brings you most joy?

Spending time with my girlfriend

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

Put women in charge!

How did you first get involved in the Co-operative Credit Union? Why?

I wanted to work for an ethical organisation that could help people when they need assistance

Why do you think people should become members of the credit union?

Because there are no negatives. Your savings are secure, and can be used to help other members in times of need

What is your favourite book/author/band/song/film?

Book – Stephen King – It
Author – Joseph Farrell
Band – Iron Maiden
Song – Papa Was a Rollin Stone – The Temptations
Film – Fight Club/The Outlaw Josey Whales

What is your favourite holiday destination and why?

Anywhere hot and sunny

What is the most valuable piece of advice that you’ve received?

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defence each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.” Bill Hicks