Our Team

Oxfordshire Credit Union is run by a volunteer board of Directors who bring their experience and skills to the operation of the business.

These people must be accepted as a "fit and proper person" by the regulator and undergo training from the Association of British Credit Unions. They are elected by the Annual General Meeting of the credit union.

Bindu Varkey

Chair

Bindu was appointed to the position of Chair of the Oxfordshire Credit Union (OCU) Board in May 2019. Bindu is a driven, skilled and professional business leader with over 20 years' experience across various sectors from Financial Services to Formula E Racing. Her Financial Services experience includes a number of years providing compliance and regulatory guidance to small and large organisations. She is commercially aware with proven ability to support business across all stages of their life.

Rob 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.

Tina Fegent

Board Member

Tina joined the Board of the Oxfordshire Credit Union in the winter of 2018. Tina is a leading Marketing and Procurement Consultant with over 25 years' experience in the sector. She is both a Chartered and Fellow of the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) and leads their Marketing Group to share best practice.

Alison Le Cornu

Board Member

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.

Eliane Pony

Board Member

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.

Steve Edwards

Member of Board

Steve Edwards recently 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.