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Mark Lyonette announces he’s moving on

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09 Feb 18

Mark’s 20 year tenure at the Association has been a period of rapid growth and development for the credit union sector with membership having more than quadrupled and assets under management growing by almost 900%. 

Under Mark’s leadership ABCUL has developed into a high-profile organisation and a leading voice on issues such as financial inclusion and banking and payments reform.  The Association has secured successive legislative reforms, maintained proportionate regulation through the period following the banking crisis and seen inward investment by successive governments.  ABCUL’s support and services for members have been transformed and members report record levels of satisfaction.

Mark said: “It has been a great pleasure to have been part of the growth of the credit union movement for so many years.  We have achieved a huge amount in the last 13 years working together with our members.  It has been a privilege and an honour to have had the opportunity to serve our members, their credit unions and the sector as a whole.

“I will be sad to leave the sector and many friends behind after so many years but I leave behind me a strong management team which is dedicated to providing an excellent service to members, day in and day out.  I have every confidence that the Association and the movement will go from strength to strength.”

ABCUL President, Robert Kelly, said: “On behalf of the ABCUL Board and wider ABCUL family I would like to pay tribute to Mark's huge contribution in the development of the credit union sector in Britain. He has dedicated such significant time and energy to developing our organisation and wider sector in his 13 years as Chief Executive and 20 years overall service with ABCUL.

“His strategic vision, leadership and desire for collaboration will be missed and we wish him every success in his future endeavours. The ABCUL Board is firmly focused on ensuring the transitional period is delivered in the most effective way possible as we continue to meet member needs.”

The recruitment process for a new Chief Executive opened on 9 February and details are available here.

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