Mark Luntley (Chair)
Mark joined the credit union as vice chair in 2005, chaired it for five years until April 2016 and took on the role again in 2017 . He is a qualified CIPFA accountant. Mark was Finance Director at Oxford City Council for seven years before joining the Local Government Association/Local Partnerships where he developed the business case for the national Local Government Bonds Agency. Mark is a director of Westmill Windfarm Cooperative, is a non-executive director of the Ethical Property Company and Energy4All, a director of Westmill Solar Cooperative and a director of Sustainable Charlbury Community Interest Company.
Outside his portfolio of roles Mark bakes various types of organic bread and practices Ingevar Yoga. He is also studying with Alliance Française d’Oxford to improve his french language skills.
Robert James (Treasurer)
Rob qualified as an accountant in 1985 and over the next thirty years worked at several large financial institutions in the City, where he was mainly responsible for finance, regulatory and control issues. From 2001 until 2015, he was Finance Director of Sucden Financial Limited with a wide remit of responsibility covering Finance, Risk Management, IT and Regulatory Compliance.
In 2015, he began volunteering with the London Capital Credit Union. He was a member of the supervisory committee and also worked in a customer facing role.
In 2018, Rob moved to Oxford and joined the Oxfordshire Credit Union. He says, “The OCU will grow and benefit the community in the coming years and I want to help it achieve its aims”.
In his free time, Rob loves to cook, is studying Spanish and is a keen golfer and runner.
Sue Tanner (Company Secretary)
Sue joined the Board in 2012 and is now Company Secretary. She has lived in Oxford for more than 30 years and, before retirement, worked in HR with Oxfordshire County Council. She was a founder member of Rose Hill & Donnington Advice Centre in 1989 and has been a Board member ever since. She also convenes the Oxford Advice Forum, which includes all the advice-giving agencies in the city. She is actively involved in the local Child Poverty Action Group.
Sue manages the board meetings and is responsible for our Annual General Meeting.
Eliane Pony (Marketing)
Eliane Pony has been an active member of the credit union for almost a decade, volunteering with two London based credit unions. She is an accredited (ASDAN) Money Mentor and has helped people overcome debt by spending wisely and staying away from loan sharks. Her involvement with community projects started when she became a member of London Citizen in 2011 for projects such as the Living Wage and City Safe Havens. Eliane holds a degree in Marketing and Communications and brings that knowledge to develop and increase OCU membership. She has discovered the wonderful sport of Rugby and enjoys watching her sons playing every week ends. Eliane also speaks French fluently and currently works for a homeless charity in Reading. She is also involved in churches social events.
Alison Le Cornu
Alison joined the Board of the Oxfordshire Credit Union in the summer of 2016, having been a member for nearly three years. She works in Higher Education and specialises in distance, online and flexible learning, now in a self-employed capacity doing consultancy projects for different organisations. Alison comes from Jersey and lived in both Spain and France for a number of years teaching English as a Foreign Language before moving back to the UK and settling in Oxford in 2003. She sings in the Oxford Bach Choir, attends the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and has recently picked up her French Horn again after many years of disuse. She is passionate about providing opportunities for people to save as well as spend, and to be able to borrow at reasonable interest rates and is training to be a coach, learning skills which she hopes will allow her to work alongside individuals who might benefit from support in learning to manage their finances.
Steve Edwards (Marketing)
Steve Edwards has just joined Oxfordshire Credit Union as a board member. Steve has spent over 30 years in sales and marketing and brings a wealth of experience to the board. He has a passion for helping the less privileged, including homeless and addicts, establish or re-establish themselves solidly in society, and is involved in a number of charities working to this end. Steve has five children and loves cycling and travel.
Graham attends OCU board meetings. He manages Credit Union Solutions and leads on detailed delivery issues. Graham has had a career in credit unions including being a board member of ABCUL and a leading force in Plane Saver Credit Union. Graham brings sound business sense and considerable experience together with a strong cooperative set of values
CREDIT UNION SOLUTIONS STAFF
Client Development, Lending Decisions
Bank Reconciliation, Payments and Lending Decisions
Development, Marketing Budget and Lending Decisions
Marketing and Promotion
Customer Contact and Data Entry
Customer Contact and Data Entry