Collaboration and Communities

After the show

Thank you to all the delegates who came from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Romania and Scotland to make this such a successful event. It was a unique gathering of credit unions, policy-makers, trade associations and suppliers, sharing insights and best practice. We have set a high bar for future events!

A summary of the conference is on our Research page or can be downloaded in PDF format here. The PowerPoint presentations from the conference can be downloaded here as a .pdf (or by clicking on the upper image to the right). The short videos shown by St Anthony’s & Claddagh Credit Union and Dundalk Credit Union are also available by clicking on the images immediately below.

The conference programme, including attendees, speaker biographies, more information about the Erasmus+ Fincare project, can be downloaded as a brochure (.pdf) here (or by clicking on the lower image to the right).

Collaboration and Communities
10.00am-3.30pm (registration from 9.30am), Friday 18 January 2019
The Co-operative Group, 1 Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG, UK

The Centre for Community Finance Europe in collaboration with
Liverpool John Moores University
Hosted by The Co-op Credit Union within the Erasmus+ Fincare Project

What is the issue?

Credit unions in Ireland and Great Britain have different characteristics, both as between themselves and between these states. They share, however, a need to collaborate in a range of areas in order to support the evolution of the traditional business model while retaining their fundamental member focus. Determining the priorities and allocation of scare resources presents a critical governance challenge for directors and executives, as does sustaining and evidencing a distinctively co-operative organisation.

This conference will bring stimulating speakers with real-world experience of collaboration and co-operation together with an invited audience of senior credit unionists from Great Britain and Ireland.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the governance or strategic leadership of credit unions in Ireland and GB – chairs, directors, CEOs / executives.

How much does it cost?

This event is free for members of the Centre for Community Finance Europe and for participants in the Erasmus+ Fincare project.
Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

How do I register to attend?

Not available – the conference is now completed.

How do I get there?

Angel Square is in the centre of Manchester. Please click here for transport details.

Who should I contact with queries?

Nick Money, +44 7540 259053,


9.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome and introductions
Dr Paul A Jones, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the Centre for Community Finance Europe (CFCFE)

10.15 Credit unions co-operating for business
How to get started on collaboration? What are the key steps and challenges?
How is collaboration organised and governed?
• Collaboration in North America, Ralph Swoboda, CFCFE
• Collaboration on new product development, Kevin Johnson, Solution Centre (Ireland)
• Payroll deduction consortium in Scotland, Carol McHarg, 1 st Alliance Credit Union (Scotland)
• Shared development of payment services, Seamus Newcombe, Payac (Ireland)
• Co-operative marketing and influencing in Manchester, Christine Moore, Manchester Credit Union (England)

11:30 Break

11:45 Panel discussion on collaboration, moderated by Ralph Swoboda

12:30 A regulatory perspective on collaboration
What worries the regulators? What do they want to see?
Roger Marsh (formerly Prudential Regulatory Authority, Bank of England)

13:00 Buffet lunch

13.45 Credit unions and expressing co-operative values
How do credit unions express the co-operative principle of concern for the community?
• Co-ops, values and profit, Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK
• Investing in the community, Louise Shields, St Anthony’s & Claddagh Credit Union (Ireland)
• Community partnerships, Billy Doyle & Paddy Donnelly, Dundalk Credit Union (Ireland)
• Measuring the social impact of credit unions, Nick Money, CFCFE
Questions and answers, moderated by Nick Money

15:15 Concluding remarks, Dr Paul A Jones

15.30 Close
(Refreshments and informal discussion available until 17.00.)

The Conference is hosted by The Co-op Credit Union as part of the Erasmus+ Fincare Project


Erasmus+ Program Strategic Partnership
Project Nr: 2017-1-RO01-KA204-037134