Board of Directors

The Manx Credit Union can have between 5 and 15 individuals who voluntarily serve as Directors on behalf of the members.  Each Director must be a member of the credit union.  Any member can be nominated as a Director and, if elected at the Annual General Meeting, they serve for a period of three years after which they can seek re-election.

After the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors elects from amongst its number a Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary:  each of these individuals shall hold office until the election of a successor.

Current Board Members

David Talbot (Honorary President)

David founded and ran a domestic credit company for eighteen years before the group he was employed by sold it on to a local finance company.  He is a qualified Company Secretary and up to retirement had his own accountancy business.  For the last three years he has been engaged with bringing to fruition the Island's first credit union.   Married to Ravina, he has two grown up children, and has lived in the West of the Island for the last forty years.  He has been involved with several third sector enterprises, charities and faith groups.  Enjoys walking and chocolate brazils.

Ian Yates (Secretary)

Ian worked as an auditor in the public sector for most of his working life.  He ran his own audit and consultancy business in Yorkshire prior to moving to the Isle of Man in 2001, and in 2014 joined the working group that helped to establish the Manx Credit Union.

Christopher Murphy (Chair)

After graduating from Oxford, Christopher worked in advertising before a career in politics,  subsequently retiring to the Channel Islands. In 1990 he moved to the Isle of Man and was appointed Diocesan Secretary of Sodor and Man, later becoming involved with the Manx Credit Union.

Gillian Bowles (Vice-Chair)

Gillian has a wealth of experience in industry and commerce from running an Enterprise Agency and a small business start-up loan fund for Shell UK, to working with industrial psychologists and mentoring from shop floor to CEO level.  With an MBA, PGCE and as an Open University lecturer, she loves learning new things and is a certified forklift truck driver.

Wendy Shimmin (Director - Marketing & PR)

Wendy is a freelance marketing/PR professional and copywriter who has worked at senior management level in the Isle of Man’s financial services industry. Formerly Marketing Manager at a mutually-owned bank, she has been involved with the Manx Credit Union working group from its early days and is a strong supporter of the co-operative business model.

David Allwood (Treasurer)

David is a Senior Manager at a refreshment and catering equipment company and is an experienced Finance Manager working in the food and beverages industry. He is skilled in Financial Risk, Cash Flow, Sage Products, Budgeting, and Business Planning, and is a strong finance professional with CIMA Management Accounting (part qualified) from University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

David moved to the Isle of Man in 1995 and has been a volunteer for the Manx Credit Union as part of the Treasury team since 2017.  David is also volunteer for Manx National Heritage archive section and is on the committee as a research co-ordinator of the Isle of Man Antiquarian and Natural History society. He was awarded a BA (Honours) degree in History and Heritage Management with Manx Studies from the University of Chester in 2015.

Andrew Dunlop

Andy worked for Barclays for some 41 years where he undertook various roles mainly in loan assessment and sanctioning.  He moved to the Isle of Man in 2004 and, following his retirement, enjoys his hobbies which include golf and bridge.

Joyce Hatton

Joyce worked for over 30 years in community development and regeneration roles in some of Greater Manchester's most deprived neighbourhoods. While based in Stockport in the 1990s she helped establish several local credit unions. After relocating to the Isle of Man in 2010 she became part of the Manx Credit Union steering group and joined the Board in 2020.