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Learning from US credit unions

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24 Nov 16

A British credit union delegation has attended a major community credit union conference in America thanks to Citi.

The joint CUNA Community Credit Union and National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions Conference in Dallas, Texas brought together leaders of credit unions from across the USA that have a focus on serving people in moderate and low income communities.

Delegates heard a range of expert speakers talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, as well as some inspiring examples of credit unions making a real difference to the lives of people in disadvantaged communities.

As part of their commitment to the learning and development of British credit union leaders, Citi sponsored the attendance of a British delegation to pick up experiences and ideas from their American counterparts which might help credit unions here to do more for the communities they serve.

Trisha Butler (Drumchapel Community Credit Union), Phil Cole (Advance Credit Union), Kathryn Fogg (Pennine Community Credit Union), Jackie Simpson (Somerset Savings and Loans) and Beth Welsh (Pioneer Mutual Credit Union) were selected from a strong field of applicants to join Annette Warne-Thomas and Emily Harrison from the Credit Union Foundation at the conference.

The British delegation also had the chance to spend time at Neighborhood Credit Union in Dallas, whose CEO Chet Kimmell and his team took time out of their busy schedule to share some of their incredible experience and ideas.

And the delegation enjoyed tremendous hospitality from Citi, CUNA and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions throughout the trip, including a reception at the Mexican consulate (pictured).

Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Annette Warne-Thomas said: “We want to say a massive thank you to Bob Annibale, Rachael Barber, Debbie Taylor and David Walker from Citi, not only for sponsoring the trip but for looking after us so well in Texas.

“We're also very grateful to CUNA for all their support, and we owe a special thanks to Cathie Mahon and Pablo DeFilippi from the Federation for their incredible hospitality.

“We made some great connections during the conference and look forward to developing our relationships with the global credit union community. It was reassuring to understand the commonality of the challenges and opportunities faced by credit unions in America and Britain, and we have so much we can learn from each other.”

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