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Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Philip Davies, Treasurer

Philip worked in finance for over 40 years with a major UK Institution and qualified as a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Securities Institute. Prior to retirement he headed the Coutts Bank team managing the investments of Charities and was instrumental in establishing the Coutts Philanthropy proposition. Philip has been a Trustee of a number of Charities and Treasurer of a housing association and a local infrastructure organisation. Philip and his wife recently moved from Somerset to Kent to be closer to their children and grandchildren whilst other interests include history and fishing.

Mark Faithful

Director of Kent Savers since April 2013. Mark has worked in social sector housing for over 20 years.  He has a background in housing management working for both local authorities and housing associations.  For the past five years he has specialised in the field of financial inclusion.  He set up and chaired the county wide Money Matters partner forum promoting best practice in the sector and developed and published an award winning website and suite of magazines called “Money Box” which offers tailored financial support and advice.  He is currently Head of Financial Wellbeing at West Kent Housing based in Sevenoaks.

Lesley Jones

Assistant Curate, Reverend Lesley Jones is a priest in the parishes of Murston, Bapchild, Tonge & Milton Regis, Sittingbourne. She combines a background in marketing, campaigning and community projects spanning 3 decades with a deepening faith and concern for all who are suffering in the current economic climate.  Lesley is an enthusiastic supporter of the credit union movement, and remains in touch with The Bridges credit union in the North East and co-ordinates a local branch of Kent Savers, Murston Community Bank.

Martin Kingman, Chairman

Director of Kent Savers since 21 October 2010. Previously served as Director and Delinquent Loans Officer for District of Canterbury Credit Union from 2006 – 2011. Lawyer and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, specialised in Insolvency and Debt Recovery (including Multi-national recoveries). Worked in private practice from 2000 – 2011; including acting for numerous credit unions recovering outstanding sums due. Now runs his own Business Consultancy and website design firm providing commercial advice to businesses including start-ups through to a multi-discipline construction firm with a turnover in excess of £20m. Martin has particular interest in systemising businesses with workflows and utilising technology to bring structure and uniformity to business to enable them to increase their efficiencies.

Catherine Parker, Secretary

Catherine joined Kent Savers as a Director and Secretary in April 2015.  She has a background spanning both the commercial banking and charitable sectors.  Following a 15 year career in the project and structured finance market in London, she retrained taking a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector Management and has worked with a number of charitable organisations in London and Kent.  She is married with two young children and lives in Canterbury.

Diane Tatt

Diane joined the board in June 2017.  She was Director and Secretary of the District of Canterbury Credit Union until its merger with Kent Savers in 2011.  Diane has been a magistrate for 23 years. Having just finished 3 years as Chairman of the East Kent Family Panel she is now Chairman of the FTAAAC committee in Kent.  Diane is a Company Director of three family-run companies, one a long established greetings card business in Kent.  Diane has a long career of charity fundraising roles; her family and extended family has had a long established background in charity involvement and fundraising and Kent Savers is another addition to this work area.  She has an honours degree in Public Administration and is married with one grown up son.

Dave Wilson

Board member since August 2013.  Currently a Trustee of Westgate Community Trust, and owner/director of a management consultancy.  Has worked extensively in the commercial sector and held a number of Board positions in expanding small businesses, including Managing Director.  Has a background in local authorities and has worked previously with charities and not-for-profit bodies.

Staff

Chris Hunt, General Manager

Chris is a founder member of Kent Savers. He was appointed General Manager in January 2013 and was acting manager between June and December 2012. Chris was a Director and Treasurer of Kent Savers from January 2010 until June 2012 and was a member of the Kent Savers development team during 2009 and 2010.

Chris was also a founder member and Director of The Isle Of Thanet Credit Union between 2002 and 2012. He is a former Treasurer and Trustee of Home-Start Thanet, a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, and has worked extensively in the IT industry.

Karen Richardson, Loans Officer

Karen joined Kent Savers in March 2013 and helps members with their loan applications.

Becky Atkinson, Member Services Officer

Becky joined Kent Savers in December 2015 and helps members with their accounts, savings and loan repayments.

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