Our Board

The MCU Board is made up of volunteers from many different backgrounds. They have a wide variety of skills, but all share a passion for supporting the local community. They serve for a term of 3 years and can be re-elected 3 times. Their role is to be accountable to our members and provide strategic direction for the future of MCU and support the operations of the business.

Peter Mitchell
Peter Mitchell, Chair

I joined Old Trafford Credit Union on the day it opened in 1991, and I have been a keen supporter of credit unions ever since. Credit unions at our best give everyone in our communities access to ethical and safe savings and loans. I would like to see Manchester Credit Union increase our membership to a large fraction of the people who live and work in our common bond area. For a time, I was a local councillor in Trafford, and I had two years as the lead member for finance. After I stood down from the council, I became a director of Trafford United Credit Union, as it was by then, and as chair of the board I led it through the process of becoming a part of Manchester Credit Union. In recent years, as the chair of the Manchester CU board, I initiated a consortium of Greater Manchester credit unions, which I hope will enable us to raise the profile and membership of credit unions across the county. I also enjoy hill-walking, studying trees, and real ale.

Christine Moore
Christine Moore , Chief Executive Officer

With a background including accountancy and youth and community work, I finally found my vocation working with credit unions in 1992. Since then I have undertaken a variety of roles within the credit union movement, both paid and voluntary, including setting up credit unions, training, activist and board member. I became Manager of East Manchester Credit Union in 2000. I am now proud to be Chief Executive of Manchester Credit Union, and have been one of the driving forces behind the expansion of MCU, which aims to be a major weapon in the fight against financial exclusion in Manchester. I am passionate about protecting the environment and in my spare time enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors, particularly with my grandchildren.

Andy McBeath
Andy McBeath

I have been working with Manchester Credit Union since 2002 when I was the Eastserve Director and MCU provided the affordable loans that enabled local residents to own a computer with broadband and ICT training. I went on to work in various senior IT roles within Manchester City Council. After 9 years of working in the public sector, I have performed various contract and permanent roles focusing on Governance, Risk management and Compliance, particularly around Information Security and IT Service Delivery.

Jamie Lee
Jamie Lee

I have been involved with Manchester Credit Union since 2009, originally working in both the finance and loans teams as a member of staff and then coming back as a Non-Executive Director in 2016. In between the two I became a fully qualified ICAEW accountant whilst working for Hallidays Accountants and then moved on to Party Delights where I was heavily involved in finance, operations and business development. I have recently moved to a new role at Salix Homes which is a housing association based in Salford.

Derek Bodey
Derek Bodey

I was co-opted to the Board in October 2017. I am retired and previously was employed in education, finishing my career as a Principal of a College. During this time, I saw students suffer badly at the hands of the main stream banks and Credit Unions were often able to assist them in managing their finances. In my retirement I am treasurer of several small community based organisations, using the Credit Union for some of their reserve funds. I have a long term interest in sustainable living, including being a Director of Transition Buxton. I believe that Credit Unions are a vital component of a more sustainable model of financing. As a resident of Buxton I also hope to be able to ensure that the outer fringes served by the Credit Union receive their deserved attention.

Barry James
Barry James

I am a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in Finance Director roles for not-for-profit organisations. Prior to my current consultancy work I was Director of Finance and Administration for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. I have been involved with Manchester Credit Union for many years and have a long-standing interest in ethical finance

Moira Suringar
Moira Suringar

I joined the Board in 2012 and took over the role of Company Secretary. I am a retired solicitor. I have lived in Manchester since 1980 when I joined the staff of South Manchester Law Centre, working on a range of legal issues including family law and welfare rights cases. I subsequently worked for many years for Manchester City Council and for Transport for Greater Manchester mainly working on projects for the regeneration of the city and the wider area. I have always tried to use my legal skills to promote the interests of, and improve the quality of life for Greater Manchester residents and I firmly believe that access to the financial services offered by credit unions, tailored to the needs of local people with limited incomes, is an important part of that. I have two daughters who also live in Manchester and my other interests include membership of the board of a dance charity and involvement with wildlife and outdoor activities projects.

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

I have been involved in the credit union movement since 1988, and have previously served on the boards and supervisory committees of two credit unions, one community based and the other serving the employees of a local authority. I was also for nine years a member of the supervisory committee of the Association of British Credit Unions. I live in Manchester but work in the Research Unit for Financial Inclusion in the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. I conduct research mainly in the fields of financial services for people on low incomes, money and debt advice and credit union development. I have published a range of works and papers on credit union development, on access to credit and on tackling financial exclusion.

Jan Coverley
Jan Coverley , FCIPD

I have been working with credit unions for about 20 years, since my days working for The Co-operative Bank and latterly Co-operative Financial Services. I then formed my own HR consultancy business in 2007 working for a broader section of credit unions across the UK. I am now semi-retired and whilst still working for a handful of credit unions I was successfully appointed to the Board of Manchester Credit union at the AGM in February 2021.

Herve Tshomba
Herve Tshomba

I am a Lecturer in Marketing at GBS- University of Suffolk. I previously worked at the Manchester College, the largest college in the UK as a Business Lecturer and Lead IV. I am also a shareholder at Tutorful, Kokoon, Powervault and Witfitness. I worked at Barnado’s where I led the business admin vocation department (Curriculum Leader). In 2014, I received the best performing staff award for my innovative strategies to engage clients and promote the organisation. In 2012, I played a pivotal role to raise the profile of Barnardo’s Recycling Bike Project in Keighley, which led to Telegraph & Argus publishing an article on the project and various media to report on the project. My education accomplishments include a degree in Marketing from the University of Chester, a Postgraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Bradford, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Huddersfield, and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Liverpool.

Misha Franklin
Misha Franklin

I am a finance consultant for start-ups. Previously I worked in corporate finance and other finance roles at larger companies in the education, insurance, and payments sectors. I’ve worked as a trustee and vice-chair of a national youth charity in the past. I have been a member of credit unions for a number of years, originally in London and more recently of MCU. My education includes a Finance Masters from Hult International Business School, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.