Tim Edwards

Chair of the Charitable Foundation

Tim has wide ranging experience of public policy, skills, housing and regeneration derived from a range of senior appointments across the public, private and charitable sectors. Prior to forming his own consultancy practice, he managed a Charitable Trust alongside the management of business development and quality of training services.

He has significant experience work within the charitable sector, having served as trustee with a large sector infrastructure organisation and also managed support services to the social enterprise sector. This has led to providing specialist services consultancy services in social value. As a leader he has strong values in respect to fairness, equality and integrity having managed programmes related to equalities, social justice and community cohesion. Tim has a commitment to community led regeneration and has undertaken a number of projects to support and develop community capacity and to increase social mobility.

Matthew Collins

Matt has extensive experience in the charity sector, with specific expertise within the fields of arts and higher education. He began his work in fundraising at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he worked in a research capacity, using audience analysis to provide strategic support and planning across both capital and revenue campaigns. Within higher education, Matt has also worked as deputy head of the Data and Business Intelligence team with the University of Birmingham’s fundraising department and most recently led the Gift Management and Settlement team at the University of Cambridge.

Matt is a keen volunteer, supporting various local amateur arts organisations and offering pro-bono consultancy to charities, including those working within the criminal justice system. He also has a keen interest in education access, having recently completed a PhD that examined and developed new tools to broaden the opportunities for readers to engage with classic texts. He is currently Research Fellow at the Royal Shakespeare Company, exploring the potential for literary texts and rehearsal practices to enhance young people's lives.

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan has spent over 25 years working in the financial services sector. Almost all of this time was within the building society movement where he held a range of roles, with the last one being at executive level.

Jonathan today continues his mutual sector career by being Chief Executive of Stockport Credit Union where he was brought in to modernise, prepare it for life in the digital age, and strengthen its resources, structures, and people, so that it can deliver on its full potential. Jonathan is passionate about the opportunities that credit unions can play in their communities and has ambitious plans for Stockport, which is rapidly gain- ing a reputation for growth within its sector. Prior to becoming CEO, he held a non-executive director role at another credit union within the North West.

Jonathan is Chairman of Salford Quays Community Forum, which he has led since inception. This community group engages with a wide range of stakeholders on a variety of topics and seeks to deliver great outcomes for the communities which it serves.

Jonathan is a strong advocate for communities working together to create new opportunities to improve life for the people they serve.

Mark Schofield

Mark is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has over 40 years’ experience in financial services, primarily in risk management, specialising in Credit, Operational, Conduct and Collateral risk. He has held senior roles with major lenders operating in UK, has provided oversight to businesses in Europe, Asia and Africa and has advised the Irish Government on matters relating to mortgage lending, its recovery and management of vulnerable customers.

Mark has been involved with a major housing regeneration scheme in Newcastle upon Tyne, has worked with charitable debt management companies in the development of plans to help distressed and vulnerable customers, establishing a model which was adopted across the industry and, was the chairman and founding trustee of an educational charity based in the North West of England.

Andrew Davies

Andrew has over 30 years of treasury and risk management experience gained within the financial services sector. Having joined Leek United in 2018, he is currently an executive director on the Society’s Board, holding the role of Chief Risk Officer. In addition to having management responsibility for risk and compliance, he also acts as the Society’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Data Protection Officer.

Having started his career in the branch network of a clearing bank, Andrew then moved to the building society sector where he gained extensive treasury experience, becoming Assistant Treasurer in one of the country’s largest societies. Prior to joining Leek United he held a senior risk management role at a UK bank.

For the majority of his career, Andrew has worked within mutual organisations, reflecting his commitment to the sector and its ethos. He strongly believes that member owned organisations are best placed to positively impact the members and communities they serve. This was a key driver behind his support for the Society to establish the Foundation and his decision to join its Board of Trustees. Andrew has always lived within Leek United’s heartland and has supported the community through the role of governor at schools within the local area.

Rob Longmore

Rob joined Leek United in September 2010 and has worked in a number of roles prior to his current position as HR Director where he has responsibility for the Society’s people agenda. His breadth of experience across the Society uniquely positions him to develop the approach to community support and engagement.

Rob has previously worked in the Society’s branch network, during which time he formed a strong understanding of the Society’s role and responsibilities in local communities. In his time as both a leader and as part of a team, he has displayed a strong set of personal values aligning to those of the Foundation – integrity, hard work, passion and a desire to make a difference. As a long serving member of Leek United’s staff, he aims to channel the Society’s renowned enthusiasm for community support in order to make a real difference to local people.

Lynne Ransome

Branch Manager of Leek United’s Cheadle Branch, Lynne began her career with Leek United straight after she left education in 1994, and has since worked across a variety of different roles within the branch network.

During this time, she has acquired a sound knowledge of the company’s culture and the deep-rooted role they play in supporting local people and local communities. Lynne has worked in her current position for 17 years and strives to be an ambassador for the Leek United brand and the values they stand for.

Having a passion for excellent customer service and a strong work ethic, Lynne very much inspires her team by leading by example. Throughout her career she has enjoyed helping staff to reach their full potential and seeing a number of those go on to further themselves within the Society.