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About Us Why become a director?

There are many reasons people decide to volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation like Somerset Savings and Loans.

As a board member, you will have the opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience volunteering in a small cooperative as well as the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference to peoples’ lives.

We spoke to some of our former directors, who described why they volunteered as a board member.:

“ I decided to become a director because it felt like a great way to use my skills and experience to give something back to the community. The credit union plays such an important role across Somerset and the chance to help run it and shape its future was something I wanted to be involved with. Working with a diverse range of volunteer directors was very fulfilling and certainly helped to develop my own skills. People may be put off becoming a director because it sounds like it's a bit 'corporate'. Yes, you will be helping to run an ethical financial services business, but what's most important is your commitment, passion and common sense rather than your boardroom experience. As soon as my work commitments allow, I will certainly be looking to get involved in the credit union again and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in doing the same to make contact and have an initial conversation to find out more.”

- Former board member, Rob.

“My day job is as an in-house solicitor with an insurance company. One of my frustrations in that role is that, while I may be involved in important business projects, I don't always get to see the full picture and it was really interesting to debate practical business issues and see them from different perspectives. I was also able to contribute my own specialist knowledge to a good cause in a different context from my day job. I think that my experience with Somerset Savings and Loans has broadened my knowledge and experience and increased my confidence to offer opinions at work.”

- Former board member, Richard

If you are interested in becoming a board member, contact or 01275 390650 for an informal discussion.

Volunteer Role: Board Director at Somerset Savings and Loans

Role Title

Volunteer Board Director

Location of position

Any area in Somerset, North Somerset, BANES. Meetings currently held monthly in Portishead or Weston-super-Mare but under review (may move to bi-monthly or conference- call based)

Responsible to

Board of Directors

Purpose/summary of role

To be a Director of the credit union and participate in the democratic running of the organisation.

Directors are elected by, and are accountable to, credit union members. They are entrusted to ensure sound management and are responsible for setting the policies and strategic direction of the credit union.

Time Commitment

As necessary. Likely to be around 10 hours per month

Skills & Qualifications

Able to take on a strategic role in the direction of the credit union

Empathy with the aims and objectives of the credit union

Specific skills are desirable; marketing, banking, product development, customer service, IT.

Computer literate and comfortable with Microsoft Office (including email) and data bases

Outgoing, friendly and proactive

Experience of working/volunteering in a small team

Able to use own initiative but comfortable at asking for help when needed

Experience of working to data protection principles

Training & Support


Full training on all aspects of role, including opportunity to undertake specific Director modules offered by ABCUL

Regular updates on organisational activities

Support, advice and guidance from Volunteer Coordinator

Reimbursement of expenses

Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed

Application procedure

Application form

Informal interview


PRA/FCA Senior Managers regime application

DBS check

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