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Stage set for Annual Conference


10 Mar 17

More than 350 people are gathering in Manchester for the 2017 ABCUL Annual Conference.

The premier annual event in the British credit union calendar has once more attracted a large audience of directors, staff and volunteers from credit unions of all sizes across England, Scotland and Wales. The 2017 conference – which is supported by CUNA Mutual Group with the writer and broadcaster Liz Barclay facilitating – is set to be one of the biggest ever.

Delegates will hear from a series of expert speakers over the two days of the conference, starting with a keynote speech from HM Treasury’s Director of Financial Services Gwyneth Nurse. The first plenary session on Friday then hears the Financial Conduct Authority’s Head of Mortgages and Mutuals Alison Carpenter and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s Technical Specialist Roger Marsh discuss regulation, legislation and credit union growth.

With credit unions serving more than 100 million people in the United States, the conference provides a valuable opportunity to learn from the US credit union experience through two very special guest speakers: Chief Economist and Chief Policy Officer of America’s Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Bill Hampel, and President and CEO of Peach State Federal Credit Union Marshall Boutwell.

Saturday morning sees a plenary session on the key topic of serving young people and the technology challenge, with contributions from the personal finance journalist Iona Bain and co-founder and Chairman of Squirrel, Emanuel Andjelic.

And the conference’s final keynote speaker is Fiserv’s Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Resilience Ed Sarama, who will speak about meeting the cyber security challenge for credit unions.

Delegates also have fifteen workshops on a wide range of topics to choose from over the two days, and the ABCUL Annual General Meeting will be held on the Saturday afternoon.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “It has been an eventful year in so many ways, and our conference will focus on thinking through the ways in which credit unions can continue to sustainably meet their aspirations for growth, learning from innovations in other sectors and in other countries.

“We have a very strong programme of plenary sessions and workshops, and I’m looking forward to the thoughts of our guest speakers – as well as the contributions of delegates in each session – stimulating a lot of debate, discussion and ideas throughout the weekend.”

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