I started my working life in 1964 spending most of it in the Printing Industry. I was able to start my own printing business in 1977 and then ran this company up to retirement in 2008. The company grew from myself and one other employee to employing 30 people at its peak. I did every job at first but in the later years concentrated on sales, marketing and financial management.
My involvement with Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Credit Union began in 2015 when I volunteered as a Loan Officer working one day per week. This was a completely new area of work to me and I enjoyed learning how the Credit Union worked and meeting its members until the office closed upon the start of the first lockdown.
I joined the board of directors in 2019 and I am pleased to continue serving our Credit Union in this capacity.
Vice Chair and Treasurer – Stephen Denham
Employed in the finance sector for 44 years spending most of this time working with local business. Of late specialising in support of Healthcare and Manufacturing customers. A Business Advisor for Young Enterprise I have also lectured at Chesterfield College in finance. As well as banking qualifications I also hold a Marketing Diploma. Joined Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Credit Union in 2017 as Treasurer and became Vice-chair in 2018.
I am a Labour Councillor on Chesterfield Borough Council representing St Helen’s Ward, and am currently Cabinet Member for Town Centres and Visitor Economy. I represent the Council on the Board of Directors. I previously worked as a Library Manager at Bolsover, Clowne Staveley and Shirebrook libraries involved in community learning and engagement, lastly working with the Polish community in Shirebrook. I retired in 2017. My specialist director role is Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO).
Ken joined the Board in 2022 following retirement from the NHS where he worked for 42 years. His vast NHS experience in particular relates to commercial/legal matters, governance, contracting and procurement. He is also a trustee of 2 charities that support work within the local community where he lives in Cutthorpe, and is Vice Chair of Brampton Parish Council. He has a keen sense of social responsibility and is keen to support activities and organisations that aim to help people cope with deprivation, isolation, illness or financial instability.
Katy joined the Board as Company Secretary in 2018. She has a background working in charities and also works in two social housing organisations in governance.
Phil spent many years working in the building materials industry, primarily in production control and logistics, before spending several years in business roles within the education sector. Most recently, he has been working in the research and development tax credits arena, working with clients across a wide range of industries.
In 2023, he moved into semi-retirement enabling him to spend more time with his family and working with Chesterfield Football Club, where he has been a volunteer for over 45 years, duties that have included him being a director of the club and he is currently the voice of the club on their own internet radio station, 1866 Sport.
Chesterfield born Phil has been married to Sylvia, who hails from Holmewood, since 1979, and their daughter, Emma, is headteacher at a local Primary School.