Directors Academy

Our new Directors Academy provides a fantastic opportunity to build your skills and understanding of a Non-Executive Directors role within the credit union and prepare you to potentially take on a Director’s position in the largest and most successful credit union in the UK. The programme provides a framework defined in conjunction with industry recognised bodies, which allows candidates to develop required skills and knowledge in advance of prospective positions becoming vacant on the Board.

The Board of Directors

Glasgow Credit Union is led by a Board of Directors, each with a diverse range of skills and expertise. Elected from within the membership, the Board is accountable to all members and it is their role to define the strategy, approve business plans and to challenge and support the Chief Executive Officer.

Our Board of Directors carry a great deal of responsibility and invest a significant amount of time in their roles. However, they recognise that members are our biggest strength, which is why it is so important to involve them in setting our future path. To ensure all members (regardless of industry knowledge or background) have an opportunity to become involved, this bespoke training programme has been introduced.

Do you have the passion to make a difference?

Over the last 30 years, our aim has been to improve the lives of members by encouraging thrift and financial well-being. The story of our success is down to our members. Eager to spread the benefits to more people each year, our members help drive us forward by making sure we remain relevant in today’s modern world.

Our Directors Academy incorporates development and recognition from industry recognised bodies, such as the Institute of Directors and the Building Societies Association. Over the course of around four months, training will provide credible candidates with the confidence and ability to quickly embrace the responsibilities of a Board Director.

“ The opportunity to become a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Glasgow Credit Union has allowed me to further develop my own skills by working closely with other Directors who bring a vast breadth of experience to the Board. As a long standing member of the Glasgow Credit Union, being able to contribute to the Board meetings gives me a great sense of achievement and pride when things come to fruition. The ethos aligns with my own values and I am proud to be part of it. I think the introduction of a Directors Academy will be a fantastic experience and provide the candidates with great foundations to becoming a Non-Executive Director in the future

Kenny Gough, Board Director

What’s involved?

There will be 12 places available on the Directors Academy and successful applicants will have to commit to attending three separate one-day courses as well as attending a maximum of two Board related meetings. The courses, run in conjunction with the Institute of Directors (IOD), include:

  • The role of the Non-Executive Director;
  • Boardroom Engagement;
  • Finance for Directors.

Commencing mid-June, the programme is expected to take around four months to complete and will help build an understanding of:

  • The nature and history of the company;
  • The Rulebook, legislation and regulations;
  • The business model, strategy and structure;
  • Finance, market analysis and partnerships.

Where and when?

Interviews will take place on the afternoons and evenings of Tuesday 4th June and Wednesday 5th June.

Training for successful candidates will take place between venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the first training course will take place in July.

How do I join the Directors Academy?

If you are interested in this unique opportunity to develop your skills and help build a healthier credit union, please download and complete our application pack. Return via email to: DirectorsAcademy@glasgowcu.com.