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Board of Directors
Gail Devries, President
Spent 27 years in the social housing sector in a variety of roles, including Lead officer for an affordable loan, banking and advice service on behalf of 14 housing associations. In 2009 became CEO of a money advice charity, and currently the CEO of a re-use and recycling charity. Has extensive experience of partnership and project working at strategic level, fundraising, staff management and service delivery.
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.
Martin Kingman, Secretary
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.
Has over 20 years experience in Local Government and is currently employed by Maidstone Borough Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to lead the operation and delivery of their council tax, business rates and benefits administration teams. As part of the role Stephen leads on welfare reform for the councils as well as contributing at a county and national level on policy and operational matters relating to benefits administration.
15 years experience in the Housing Sector. Home Sales & Relocation Manager in the Development & Regeneration Team at Golding Homes, a Maidstone based Housing Association, since 2004. Previously worked for Maidstone Borough Council in the Housing Department. Served as a Marden Parish Councillor from 2004 to 2012. Particular areas of interest and involvement were with affordable housing for the Parish, Chair of Amenities Committee and lead Councillor for the Human Resources Sub-Committee. Continuing to work with the Parish to deliver a Rural Affordable Housing Scheme for Marden residents. Proud Mum of 2 daughters both at University.
Board member since August 2103. Currently a Trustee of Canterbury Citizens Advice Bureau, 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.
Denis Buckley, Loans Officer
Joined Kent Savers shortly after its launch in 2010. Has worked within credit unions for over 16 years.
Chris Hunt, General Manager
Founder member. Appointed General Manager January 2013. Acting manager of Kent Savers from June 2012. Treasurer of Kent Savers from January 2010 until June 2012. Member of Kent Savers development team 2009 - 2010. Founder member, director and treasurer of Wantsum Savers The Isle Of Thanet Credit Union 2002 – 2012. Former treasurer and trustee, Home-Start Thanet. Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Has worked extensively in the IT industry.
Karen Richardson, Member Services Officer
Joined in March 2013.