EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

Upcoming events

The Centre runs two major conferences each year, usually around March and September, addressing key topics and bringing together credit union and trade association leaders, policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders from Ireland, Britain and internationally. From time to time we convene webinars or seminars focused on our research outputs. Upcoming events are shown below.

If you would like to partner with us on an event, please contact Nick Money, nick.money@swobodacentre.org.

Hints and Tips for Participating in Online Events

We have prepared some information to help you get the best out of CFCFE’s online events. These can be accessed here. If you have any queries, do get in touch: nick.money@swobodacentre.org

New events are being planned …

New events are 'under construction'. Watch this space for news about our next seminar or conference. If you would like to partner with us on an event, please contact Nick Money,...

Previous events

Credit Union Conference 29 March 2021: Materials

Our fifth conference, and second online, successfully delivered on our traditions of great presenters with lots of interaction. A summary of the event is in preparation. perhaps the key takeaway from the day was that in planning the development of the credit union,...

Credit Union Conference 22 September 2020, Planning the New Normal

Our first all-online conference was a great success, with excellent presentations, panel debate and breakout discussions. The programme can be viewed here, and presentations and videos can be downloaded here too – see below. Please note: the videos are mp4 files which will open in DropBox, and they include slide presentations where these were used. The two excellent breakout sessions were an opportunity for attendees to share thoughts and ideas freely and were not recorded.

A big Centre thank you to all presenters and attendees.

Here are the materials by session (also gathered in this Proceedings document):

  1. Dr Paul Jones’ Introduction, presentationPaul, Reader in the Social Economy at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of Research at the Centre, noted the objective for the day – to look and plan ahead now some stability has returned after the immediate economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on credit unions and their members.
  1. Brian Corr on Economic Outlook, presentation and video. Brian, Head of Credit Union Policy at the Department of Finance within the Irish government, used data primarily from Ireland but also the UK to consider the impact of the pandemic to date and potential trends for the future. He concluded by noting that although there were considerable negative effects, there were also some identifiable positives, such as the acceleration of digitisation in the sector and considerable collaboration.
  1. CEO Forecasting Roundtable (Ruth Dorman, Anne King, Seamus Newcombe, Paul Norgrove, Marlene Shiels, Sean Staunton), video. Brian Corr facilitated this discussion by CEOs from five credit unions and one CUSO (credit union service organisation), reflecting on the challenges in 2020 and considering the threats and opportunities ahead. Among the diverse views shared, the panel identified that in additional to commercial stresses for credit unions and financial strain on many households, credit unions have a real opportunity to meet emerging saving and borrowing needs, notably through collaboration.
  1. Declan Mooney on Credit Riskpresentation and video (part a and part b). Declan, Business Development Director at CUFA Ltd, used data from CUFA’s database (60 Irish credit unions and €2.75bn of gross outstanding balances) to draw some immediate conclusions about the impact of the last six months of turbulence. The clear peak of adverse indicators was in June, with modest improvement since. Declan offered some ideas for where credit unions can seek advantage in the coming months.
  1. Matthew Vernon on Declines Managementpresentation and video. Matthew, CEO at Quo Money, summarised the findings of a research project undertaken in collaboration with CFCFE, looking at current practice in loan declines management in GB credit unions. Matthew considered the possible opportunities for giving more help to members so they can be successful applicants in future.
  1. John Gregoire on Revolving Credit, presentation and video. John, founder of The ProCon Group, offered straightforward advice on the effective management of revolving credit for the benefits of members and credit unions. Based on long experience in the movement, John identified described some “common sense realities” in lending, based on members’ character, capacity and collateral.
  1. Lending Post-COVID19 Panel (John Gregoire, Declan Mooney, Matthew Vernon), video. Nick Money, Director of Development at the Centre, facilitated a panel discussion, where panellists considered how to ensure consistency in lending while managing the individual characteristics of members, how to help members out of a decline situation without weakening the commitment to responsible lending and what future lending trends might look like.

Meeting the Needs of Members Today and Tomorrow, Manchester, 17 January 2020

We were delighted to host another successful credit union conference in Manchester on 17th January, with almost 100 attendees from 55 organisations from Britain, Ireland, Romania and the USA.

The overall theme was Meeting the Needs of Members Today and Tomorrow, with a range of relevant presentations from Drew Povey on leadership, Rob McIntosh of Dozens on building digital community, Marloes Nicholls of the Finance Innovation Lab on open banking and Todd Proulx from f64 business services on credit union core IT systems. A full report on the proceedings is available for download here, and the full programme with the agenda and attending organisations is here. You can also view and download the presentations by Marloes and Todd here and here respectively. We are very grateful to all our fantastic speakers, who are happy to be contacted – email details are shown in the programme.

Feedback suggests the levels of interest were pretty evenly matched across these diverse subjects, which generated excellent discussion between attendees – our conferences are a great place to meet new and familiar faces from across the credit union movement and beyond, and share ideas and best practice.

There was also an opportunity for an impromptu presentation to mark the visit to British credit unions of Dr Iulia Pasa, Director of Supervision at the Romanian credit union trade association UNCAR.

In the next few days we will be publishing a report on the conference which will be available on this webpage.

For queries, please contact Nick Money, nick.money@swobodacentre.org.

Collaboration and Communities, Manchester, 18 January 2019

Download the proceedings and presentations here.

Successful Lending, Dublin, 21 May 2019                                     

Download the Proceedings, presentations, CBI presentation.