Our First Lifetime President – awarded in 2015
Several years ago, the credit union created the Graham Southall Award, an award that annually recognises co-operative achievement, and efforts, by volunteers or supporters of the CCU. Graham himself was the first recipient of the award and then became the presenter of the award each year.
None of us were expecting the sudden death of Graham, back in October 2019, and the loss of this tremendous character was hard to believe and take in. So much has happened as a result of this man. To even begin to estimate the loss his family, friends and his work mates is impossible. Graham was the founding secretary of this Co-op Credit Union, back in 1998, and became the credit union’s first Lifetime President. History will show that the credit union may have never launched, or certainly never have launched so successfully, had it not been for the efforts of Graham Southall.
The Co-op Credit Union’s Second Lifetime President – awarded in 2017
Andy was awarded in recognition of the remarkable support and work given since he joined the board of the credit union as treasurer in 1999. This was only the second award of this kind that the credit union has ever made in its 20 years history. The credit union would not have had its success had it not been for Andy’s tireless volunteering. Andy brought a much-required steadiness to the tough times the credit went thought in growing from hundreds of members to thousands. Andy was crucial for the business at a time when growth was required to protect the credit union from the strains of successful recruitment of members. Financial advice is welcome, but Andy brought financial wisdom as well, a true co-operator.