Meet the Board

Credit Unions are run by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are responsible to represent and report to the wider membership. The Board and Supervisory Committee form part of the overall management team. They contribute toward the strategic objectives of the credit union, approving policy and mitigating risk.

Ian Atkins

Chairman

Ian is a founding member of Plane Saver and has thus been involved even before the credit union’s inception in May 1993. Over the years he has served in numerous positions on the Plane Saver board, including that of Treasurer, Vice President and then President.

Nick Donovan

Currently a Campaign Director at Global Witness, an anti-corruption organisation, Nick was previously Assistant Director at the Royal British Legion where, along with others, he campaigned for the establishment of an Armed Forces Credit Union.

Nick also sat on the Royal British Legion’s risk committee, which monitored risks through the active management of a risk register. Previously, he worked for 5 years at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and, during his military service, served in Iraq in a Royal Engineers bomb disposal team.

Joy Maitland

Vice Chairman

Joy is Managing Director of the multi-award winning Inemmo Leadership Development Solutions. Joy has also worked with numerous world-leading brands, including Cable & Wireless, 3M, Sony, RBS and Credit Lyonnais. Inemmo was launched in 2005 following her role as Group Director Operations within the FTSE 250 firm Taylor Nelson Sofres.

Joy is also a Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners. She holds fellowships with the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL).

June Parsons

June has worked for British Airways in a variety of roles for Finance, Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Learning and Development, Recruitment, Engineering and latterly HR. During her career she has contributed to large project teams managing major business change from designing and facilitating leadership and management programmes, managing volume and professional recruitment campaigns and on-boarding new colleagues to reporting on engineering quality systems.

June is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has an MBA from Lancaster Business School.

She enjoys sharing her skills, constantly learning more about the Credit Union movement and being part of the proactive Plane Saver team.

Dave Sharman

Dave moved to the UK in 2013 and has since then worked at British Airways in a number of financial management roles - most recently leading BA's overseas finance department.

Dave is a chartered member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and first become involved in the credit union movement while running the audits of a number of New Zealand-based credit unions. He is excited to be involved in the governance of Plane Saver and the opportunities the organisation has to further build on its service offering to members.

Roger Hardman

Roger is originally from Staffordshire and now lives near Henley on Thames, just west of London.

Having left the Forces in 2013, after enjoying 22 years as a Chaplain in the RAF, his main role was Crisis Management, helping people to get back on track, using coaching and counselling. Roger operated in war zones and in the last 6 years and played a key role in two major change programmes, advising Commanders and helping stakeholders to manage the impact of change.

Roger left the RAF with two Masters Degrees - in Education and Occupational Psychology, and many other qualifications and skills. He was keen keep on using these skills, so with the Church’s blessing he left the ministry and began working in London at the Ministry of Defence as a Research and Policy Advisor.

There he led a team of 8 occupational psychologists to deliver large survey programmes across the Armed Forces. The results brought significant improvements to Forces housing.

After seeking more responsibility, he I moved to SSAFA, the veterans charity, as the Head of Welfare. In this demanding operational role he successfully managed the teams who supported 6,000 SSAFA volunteers across the UK and abroad, delivering £16m per year to 20,000 veterans and families suffering hardship.

He also successfully ran two programmes: the first for retired Gurkhas and the second with Age UK. Carefully planning the programme budgets of £1m over 3 years.

In 2016 Roger was appointed as a director on the board of Plane Saver. Since then he has gained valuable Board experience and Chairs the Risk Committee to ensure that the Credit Union is well prepared to meet the unexpected.

In his spare time Roger enjoys playing league hockey. His team is called the Marlow Strollers – there is a clue in our name!

Roger brings to Plane Saver a broad experience from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, plus skills from the Armed Forces. He also bring a deep knowledge of business psychology that underpins HIS work. He is happy to use his drive and determination make sure that Plane Saver does well for every one of its members.

Dan Jobling

Daniel joined the Plane Saver board in September 2017. Daniel started his career within British Airways Engineering in 1999, then asan IT Operations manager. Daniel’s fascination with technology and how it can be used led him to a Digital Transformation role within British Airways, which evolved to his current position now covering the whole of the International Airlines Group.

Steve Warner

As a registered Social Work manager, Steve is passionate about empowering people; in particular ensuring people are able to make informed decisions regarding their financial well-being.

Steve has spent most of his 30 year career working with the Armed Forces, delivering specialist welfare support which includes working with bereaved families and those recovering from significant injuries. His current role involves policy development, training and assurance of specialist welfare delivery.

Steve has a MSc from the University of Southampton and BA(Hons) degree from Bournemouth University. He lives in a village just outside Southampton with his family and in his spare time he enjoys outward bound activities including running, sailing, mountaineering and skiing.

Tom Wong

Qualified FCCA tax professional with 29 years’ experience working for in house tax departments of some of the UK’s largest companies in different industries including airlines, UK utilities and an international conglomerate. I left BA in July this year after over 7 years as a corporate and employment taxes manager. Prior to my role at BA, I was a tax manager for National Grid for circa 10 years looking after all their non-regulated businesses which included a spell as company secretary to a JV company in addition to my role as tax manager. Before my role at National Grid I was a tax manager at Lonrho, a conglomerate with interests all over the world which includes hotels in the UK, Mexico, Caribbean and Mauritius; farms, platinum and gold mines in Africa; properties in the UK and Europe; newspapers etc.

Am currently on a 12 months FTC as an international tax manager a US group called AECOM which has operations throughout the world looking after tax issues in Continental Europe West which includes Germany, Spain, Italy etc.

In my roles, I worked with all levels of finance, treasury, legal and company secretarial people up to main board level.

Tax has an impact on all aspects of finance so I will endeavour to bring my expertise and experience accumulated to do my best for the Credit Union.

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Supervisory Committee

We are currently seeking new members to join our Supervisory Committee.

The Supervisory Committee is elected by the Members to ensure the preservation of the integrity and philosophy of the credit union movement by observing and monitoring Board meetings, Committee meetings, and Annual and Special General Meetings to ascertain that all actions of the Board and its Committees are in accordance with general law, ABCUL Rules.

This is a voluntary position.

If you are interested in this role please email info@planesaver.co.uk

Interested in becoming a Director?

We are inviting applications for Non-Executive Directors to serve on our Board of Directors:

Can you help us strengthen the jigsaw?

This is an exciting opportunity for you share your expertise to provide constructive challenge, strategic guidance and offer specialist advice to the Board of Directors.

Our philosophy is simple: “People helping people”

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About Plane Saver:

Dual regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), Plane Saver was founded in 1993 by a group of British Airways Engineers. They had a passion to provide a range of ethical saving schemes and affordable loans to their colleagues.

Since launching Plane Saver has become one of the largest Credit Unions in the UK.

In 2010 we expanded our field of membership to offer the service to additional Airlines and transportation industries, including Air Canada, Air Tanker, American Airlines, Avios and United Airlines.

In 2015, with the support of the Ministry of Defence, Plane Saver launched to offer our service for HM Armed Forces Personnel.

Plane Saver now serves over 12,500 members and has lent over £100m to our members.

About You….

We’re seeking applicants with qualifications and skills in the following areas:

· Finance and Accounting

· Information Security

· Risk Management

· Company/ Business or Banking Law

· Marketing

Your specialist knowledge will provide the Board with valuable insights. You will bring a degree of objectivity, impartiality, a breadth of experience to the Board’s deliberations, and play a valuable role in monitoring the performance of the Executive Management team.

Time

You will be required to attend Board, and relevant Committee meetings, plus occasional training sessions which equates to about 6-10 hours per month. These may be a combination of face to face or via a video link.

In Return…

We offer continual professional development where you’ll gain valuable boardroom experience, acquire new skills, open up networks, potential sponsorship to participate in a wide range of learning and development programmes (some of which provide recognised qualifications), plus conferences. You are also able to claim expenses for board-related activities.

Your role as a Non-Executive Director (NED) includes:

  • Strategic direction
  • Monitoring performance
  • Communication
  • Risk
  • Audit
  • Resources

Be cognisant of external factors that could affect Plane Saver and its business. Note: Some strategic decisions are considered by board sub-committees

PSCU Non-executive directors take responsibility for monitoring the performance of the executive management team, especially regarding the progress made towards achieving the determined company strategy and objectives.

Help connect the Plane Saver Credit Union with networks of potentially useful experts and organisations. Be an Ambassador and represent the company externally.

Satisfy yourself on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible.

Along with your fellow Board Members, ensure that the accounts present a true and fair reflection our financial performance and that the necessary internal control systems are put into place and monitored regularly and rigorously.

Help ensure the human and financial resources are available to achieve objectives; appointing and removing executive directors, and succession planning

Interested?

We’d love to hear from you.

Please contact our Nominations Committee via: nominations@planesaver.co.uk

To become a volunteer Director you must first be a member of the credit union. If there is a vacancy you can then stand for election at the Annual General Meeting, or alternatively can be co-opted on during the course of the financial year.

If you are interested in becoming a Director of Plane Saver please contact our nominations committee via: nominations@planesaver.co.uk