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Pentecostal Credit Union Chair receives MBE


05 Jan 18

Leslie successfully guided PCU through a range of challenges in its past and led its transformation into one of the strongest, and most stable credit unions in the London region. Leslie's work with the credit union complements his voluntary roles in the wider community, serving with numerous voluntary and charitable organisations and helping them to develop, expand and grow.  Along with PCU, Faith Regen, Black Roof Housing Co-Operative, and Arhag Housing Association are all organisations that have benefitted from Leslie’s professionalism and desire to help local organisations.

Shane Bowes, CEO of PCU stated: "The PCU deems it a privilege to have Leslie Laniyan serve as Chairperson of our board. His experience, knowledge and expertise have helped to steer PCU to the position it currently occupies. We are pleased and excited that his extensive ability and contribution to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities has been recognised with an MBE and extend our congratulations to him on this fantastic achievement."

Leslie is a founding member of Shian Housing Association (SHA), which provides housing for people from BME communities. Through his work at SHA – where he currently serves as Managing Director – Leslie set up the Makeda Weaver project in 2006 following the shooting of a six year old girl and her mother during the height of the gun crime problem in the area. The project focuses on working with young people, especially those at risk of crime and ex-offenders. Due to its success in helping young people exit gangs and supporting the rehabilitation of ex-offenders it was highly commended by the Metropolitan Police who cited it as playing a major role in reducing gang related crime.

In the ensuing years Leslie has continued to show commitment, tenacity and perseverance in all his endeavours – and is a shining example of not only someone representing credit unions, but as a  representative for the whole community that he loves. 

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