Board of Directors

The Manx Credit Union can have between 5 and 15 individuals who voluntarily serve as Directors on behalf of the members.  Each Director must be a member of the credit union.  Any member can be nominated as a Director and, if elected at the Annual General Meeting, they serve for a period of three years after which they can seek re-election.

After the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors elects from amongst its number a Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary:  each of these individuals shall hold office until the election of a successor.

Current Board Members

David Talbot (Chairperson & Treasurer)

David founded and ran a domestic credit company for eighteen years before the group he was employed by sold it on to a local finance company.  He is a qualified Company Secretary and up to retirement had his own accountancy business.  For the last three years he has been engaged with bringing to fruition the Island's first credit union.   Married to Ravina, he has two grown up children, and has lived in the West of the Island for the last forty years.  He has been involved with several third sector enterprises, charities and faith groups.  Enjoys walking and chocolate brazils.

Ian Yates (Secretary)

Ian worked as an auditor in the public sector for most of his working life.  He ran his own audit and consultancy business in Yorkshire prior to moving to the Isle of Man in 2001, and in 2014 joined the working group that helped to establish the Manx Credit Union.

Wendy Shimmin (Marketing Director)

Wendy is a freelance marketing/PR professional and copywriter who has worked at senior management level in the Isle of Man’s financial services industry. Formerly Marketing Manager at a mutually-owned bank, she has been involved with the Manx Credit Union working group from its early days and is a strong supporter of the co-operative business model.

Paul Blake (Director)

Paul is Chief Operating Officer at leading Isle of Man law firm DQ Advocates, having previously enjoyed a successful career with Lloyds Banking Group.

Paul has served on advisory boards including Practical Law’s Law Firm Leadership Programme, providing an in-depth analysis and advising Law Firm managing partners how to link people, clients and revenue to an evolving business strategy. He has a breadth of experience in commercial leadership, performance management, strategy development, organisational design, board level relationship management and stakeholder engagement.

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Adrian Tinkler (Director)

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in the IOM CSP/Captive sector in Administration, Compliance and MLRO roles and has recently retired from Marsh Management Services. IOM representative for Insurance Charities. Member of Financial Services Tribunal panel. Director, Manx Mencap Limited. Director & Secretary, Strand Veterinary Practice Limited. 

Johanna Watkinson (Director)

Johanna (Jo) is an experienced financial services leader, currently Head of Client & Adviser Services at leading international wealth management firm Old Mutual International. She has over 13 years’ experience in international financial services, having worked previously for Zurich International and Clerical Medical International.

Jo brings broad experience in people leadership, client service, operational performance, compliance and risk management, along with personal interests in responsible investment and improving financial understanding and skills in the wider community, and for young people in particular.