Annual General Meeting 2019/20 and Special General Meeting

Online, Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 7.00pm

Following a successful first online Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September last year members are invited to our AGM for the 2019/20 financial year.

By attending, you will get an update on our new digital platform, which launched last November, and our plans for the current year. It is also an opportunity to hear from staff and Board Directors and ask any questions you have about the credit union's plans. 

Members will also be asked to vote for volunteer Directors of the Board of BCU

For Election

Sara Davies (re-election) was first elected to the board at the AGM in 2018. She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol since 2009. Her research focuses on understanding financial policy and products from the perspective of the consumer. Prior to this, she undertook market research for financial clients via a Bristol-based market research agency.

Peter Kellett (new) is the lead lawyer for the Environment Agency on a range of corporate governance issues and leads a diverse in-house legal team covering a wide range of regulation. Peter was a trustee then chair of the UK Environmental Law Association until 2011; and chair of St. Werburghs City Farm in Bristol until September 2018. He has also contributed to a wide range of publications about the environment.


Paul Handford (retiring) has reached the maximum 9-year term as a Director of BCU. He has been an integral part of BCU’s journey and success since he joined, including serving on several committees. In particular, in the early days with the Marketing Committee, Paul developed this area and our appreciation of what marketing and communications could do for BCU. We thank him warmly for his support and wish him well for the future.

Nigel Stenner (stepping down) has volunteered for BCU since 2018, serving initially on the Change Committee and then on the Risk Committee. He has helped oversee the development and project management of our new digital platform, which was launched in 2020. We sincerely thank Nigel for his contribution to the success and growth of BCU over this time and wish him well.

Special General Meeting

We are also adding a Special General Meeting item of business. In September 2020members agreed to the extension to the member area so that BCU now covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, much of Somerset and Dorset, as well as the Bristol and Bath region.  

We are now proposing a change of name for the legal entity so that Bristol Credit Union Limited would be renamed Great Western Credit Union Limited. This name reflects the new broader geography and will be more inclusive for all. 

We will be keeping local credit union identities across the area too  so you will still see Bristol Credit Union within the Bristol and Bath area, as well as Dorset Credit Union within Dorsetfor example. 

How to join the meeting  

To join the online AGM please email us at or call us on 0117 924 7309 to register your interest. You will need an email address to be able to join the meeting. 

We will send the meeting details just prior to the meeting to all those who have registered an interest in attending. 

Read the full agenda and additional information here. Copies of the AGM Minutes and Accounts which will be presented at the meeting, are available on request by email

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15 March 2021