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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.
Gail Devries, President
Gail has extensive experience in the not for profit sector in a variety of roles. Her interests include ten years' of commitment to promoting financial inclusion. She was lead officer for an affordable loan, banking and advice service on behalf of 14 housing associations across London and the south east between 2004-7. From March 2009 until November 2014 she was the CEO of, firstly, a money advice charity delivering expert advice by telephone, and secondly, a re-use and recycling charity offering donated furniture and household goods at low cost to people in need. She has considerable experience of partnership and project work at strategic level, business planning and development, fundraising, design, delivery and review of services, and is a collaborative leader of teams. Gail has now joined the Circle Housing Group as a senior manager based at West Malling.
Gail has been a Director of Kent Savers since our launch in 2010, firstly as Vice Chair and then as President from March 2013.
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.
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, 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 area of interest and involvement was with affordable housing for the Parish. Continuing to work with the Parish to deliver a Rural Affordable Housing Scheme for Marden residents. Proud Mum of 2 daughters.
Mike worked in local and regional journalism for 32 years in Kent and South London. Subsequently, he worked with a leading online retailer running its copywriting and public relations teams and now works for himself as a public relations and copywriting consultant. Mike has been a member of a number of Trusts and governing bodies and held various elected positions including Cabinet Member for Education at Kent County Council and Cabinet Member for Localism, a post he currently holds on Swale Borough Council. Mike and his wife Sue celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year and have two grown up children.
Board member since August 2013. 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 and director 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.