Volunteer Director

Volunteer Director

At a glance


  • Digital and IT strategy
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Data analysis


Birmingham, B4 6SX
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 'B' postcode region including Birmingham and Solihull borough


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Monthly board meeting meets 3rd Monday in the month, evening meeting from 7pm - 9pm, sometimes later.

As a community-focused credit union we serve our Members and the wider community to enable people to manage their money securely and responsibly, allowing them to flourish in life. You will help shape our strategic direction. 

What will you be doing?

The role of a Credit Union Director is to help shape the strategic direction of the Credit Union and ensuring the credit union maintains a sound financial state and operates within the law, rules and the Credit Union’s policies and procedures. 

As part of a team of volunteer Directors, you will work with the CEO and staff, bringing your experience, knowledge and skills to work together in promoting the continued success of Advance CU. 

We have grown in recent years and transformed into a fully-digital paperless operation, consistently profitable, tight control of loan arrears and with very high customer satisfaction rates. 

We continue to pursue high standards of governance and ambitious growth targets. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who has experience of working within the financial services sector, Information Technology, legal, HR or in a management role that has provided you with a clear understanding of business processes. 

We are regulated by the FCA and PRA, this is a regulated role and requires compliance with conduct rules. 

Our common bond rules require that applicants must live or work within a ‘B’ postcode, including Birmingham and Solihull Borough and must join as a Member.

Knowledge and experience of credit unions is not necessary, but an awareness of regulatory compliance is beneficial. 

What difference will you make?

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, we serve more than 5,000 Members, enabling them to save and borrow securely and responsibly. We encourage people to save regularly to improve their financial resilience. All of our borrowers will also save at least £3/week as they repay their loan; part of our aim to nudge good money habits. We lend more than £2,5m annually. 

We are now opening our second branch, in Birmingham city centre, a very exciting opportunity for us to extend our reach and impact the lives of more people within our community. 

We work with local authorities, housing associations, other agencies and the wider financial services sector to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 


What's in it for the volunteer?

An opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to a stable and growing business having a significant social impact. 

We are a learning organisation, we seek to develop our staff and volunteers with in-house, online and external training and development. 

We are part of the global network of credit unions and collaborate with some of the 300+ credit unions across the UK, actively involved with the Midlands credit union forum. 

We will reimburse expenses, 

Before you apply

As a regulated business, we are required to complete the following checks: 1. proof of ID (passport/driving licence) 2. proof of address (utility bill/council tax bill) 3. Two references including employer where relevant) 4. Bankruptcy check 5. DBS check. 6. Credit Reference check 7. Disqualified director check (Companies House) 8. Confidentiality agreement 9.Fitness and Propriety check
  • Financial inclusion
  • Advance Credit Union serves the communities of Birmingham and Solihull providing affordable and accessible financial services.

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