Laurie Bird Chairman

Laurie Bird (Chairman)

Laurie Bird – Chairman

I'm Laurie Bird and I am the chairman of Rugby Credit Union. I have been with the Credit Union for a number of years and believe deeply in it's community mission. Born in Coventry, I have lived in Rugby for 50 years. A retired Engineer, I, previously, served as a school governor and a pension fund trustee. I have a long association with organising local cycling events. I've been involved with Rugby Credit Union since it was established in 2004 and served as Chairman since 2006.

Kevin Coyne (Vice Chair)

Kevin Coyne – Vice Chair

Hello, I am Kevin Coyne and am currently the Vice Chair for the Credit Union. I am a retired former Director and General Manager of a multi-national healthcare company and began volunteering for the Credit Union 5 years ago. Employing skills I learned in professional life on behalf of a worthwhile cause is important to me as is the teamwork aspect. In 2014 I joined the Board and took on responsibility for Compliance and Money Laundering.

Ami Mistry (Manager)

Ami Mistry – Manager

My working career has always been customer focused with Executive positions held in Travel, HR, Recruitment and Retail but never in a financial organisation. I joined the team of Volunteers at the Rugby Credit Union to help gain commercial awareness following a career break after having my twins. Shortly after I was given the opportunity to take on the role of the Office Manager. Understanding this was a challenging role with very limited knowledge in Finance and Banking I embraced it with open arms knowing that I have the determination to make a positive difference to the community. 7 years later my journey with the CU continues, I have faced many challenges but equally seen many successes that has helped customer from all walks of life.

Di Billingham (Assistant Manager)

Di Billingham – Assistant Manager

Most of my life has been spent in an accounts situation but when I moved back to rugby in 1986 I joined by second husband in the day to day running of the Rugby Snooker Centre. When he died 8 years later I found myself working in accounts yet again. (Can't keep away from it). I was then lucky enough to be offered a position with the Rugby Credit Union allowing me to combine my love of accounts with my love of meeting the great people of Rugby.

Sue Barton (Clerical Co-ordinator)

Sue Barton – Clerical Co-ordinator

After retiring from working in education, I decided that I wanted to spend some time volunteering in order to use some skills acquired in my previous job. Initially, I spent half a day supporting the work done in the Credit Union office mostly dealing with member enquiries concerning their accounts and loan information. When additional members were required for the board, the experience gained from spending time observing and helping with the office management gave me the confidence to stand for election to become a director and work for the Credit Union in a different capacity.

Board of Directors

Crispin Palmer

Crispin Palmer

Crispin Palmer

I joined the credit union as a volunteer in 2016 aiming to assist with the role of Business Development. Before retirement I was a lecturer, teaching Business, Finance, Management and Accounting. I’ve worked in the financial sector for over twenty years in a regulated position mainly in the high net worth and corporate sectors, including major insurers and banks. I’ve worked in business information publishing, and run my own business. Credit unions have a key role to play, as major high street banks now have little interest in providing small savings accounts, and small loans for personal and business purposes as they are not seen as profit generating. We are able to help our local community thrive with proper community banking. I give up a day a week to support the credit union. This enables us to be more effective by working together. When not working on this I chair a community association in the town, and am a member of a parish council.

Keith Ravenscroft (Treasurer)

Keith Ravenscroft – Director ACMA CGMA

Born and raised in Birmingham I worked in Stafford, Manchester and Rugby with GEC and Alsthom before moving into the railway industry for the last 15 years of my career. I wanted to use my 40 years of financial background to give something back to the community. So I joined the committee of Bilton Social Club as Treasurer for 12 years. I prepare annual accounts and provide financial advice for the Rugby Friendship Club, a small club for senior citizens which offers older people an opportunity for social gatherings, trips out and luncheons. I retired in 2007 from a position as Finance Director of one of the Balfour Beatty Rail group of companies, Nottingham. My career was in the Manufacturing Sector so volunteering as Treasurer for Rugby Credit Union in 2016 was a significant change in direction for me personally.

Maggie O'Rourke

Maggie O’Rourke – Director

Maggie has lived in Rugby for most of her life and has been actively involved in many local community projects. Maggie has worked in the NHS for most of her working life. During her time at St Cross Hospital she was the founder member of the fund-raising group setup to Build Rugby Myton Day Hospice on the St Cross Site. I am a Borough and County Councillor and I currently represent the Overslade and New Bilton Division as well as Benn award.

Jayne Knight

Jayne Knight – Director

I volunteered at the Rugby Credit Union as a way of getting valuable, up-to-date work experience as an accountant following a long career break which I spent kid and sheep rearing and living in France. I was soon won over by the commitment of staff and volunteers and was somehow 'persuaded' to join the Board of Directors. A self-confessed lover of maths, accounts and spreadsheets, I actually enjoy any task involving numbers and problem solving.

Janet Hodgson

Janet Hodgson – Director

Started her career as a violinist and attended the Royal Academy of Music in London. She spent several years as a freelance violinist. She formed her own quartet which performed all over the West Midlands including playing for Her Majesty the Queen when she attended Coventry. She also taught the violin and viola and became a peripatetic teacher in the Coventry area. This developed into class teaching and she ended her career as Head of Music at the Lawrence Sheriff School here in Rugby. Janet is a member of several Women’s organisations including Soroptimist International, UNWomen NC of UK and is also a member of Gender Action for Peace and Security which works with the government to promote Women Peace and security in conflict areas. In 2014 Janet was part of the government project led by Foreign secretary William Hague on PSVI (Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict) and was at the conference at the Excel Centre in London where she met Angelina Jolie and Stella McCartney among others to discuss eliminating sexual violence. Janet brought the Data Link project to Rugby and has facilitated a knitting circle for women to knit blankets which are sent out to the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. Janet is married with 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She and her husband have 2 allotments are self sufficient in vegetables and soft fruits. She enjoys walking and holidays and looking after her grandchildren for relaxation

Supervisory Committee

David Bradford

David Bradford

David Bradford

Hi I'm David Bradford and I sit on the Supervisory Committee. Come and say hello and see how we can help you!

Andrea Sime

Andrea Sime

Andrea Sime

Hello, I am Andrea Sime, I volunteer with Rugby Credit Union and I sit on the Supervisory Committee.

Dumi Dhilwayo

Dumi Dhilwayo

I am Dumi Dhilwayo and I volunteer at Rugby Credit Union. I currently sit on the Supervisory Committee

David Hayward-Bradley

David Hayward-Bradley

Hello, I am David Hayward-Bradley and I am delighted to sit on the Supervisory Committee of the Rugby Credit Union.