Shropshire's Amy wins national award


Amy Jones’ career with Shropshire’s not-for-profit community bank stretches back 14 years but there’s never been such an exciting time as now for Amy, 30.

Just Credit Union’s newly appointed Office Manager has followed up on her recent promotion by achieving national recognition.

For the first time in this region, the Tracy Slane Award, recognising the contribution of a person under 35 who has demonstrated a personal commitment as well as the ability to significantly influence the credit union movement, has been awarded to Amy.

This national award is dedicated to the memory of Tracy Slane, who was Conference Officer at ABCUL (the Association of British Credit Union Ltd.,) until her untimely death in 2004 at the age of 25.

Nominations for the award for an exceptional group of worthy nominees were received from across the UK. However The Trustees of the Credit Union Foundation decided the 2017 award should go to Amy in recognition of her personal contribution to the success of Shropshire’s community bank, Just Credit Union.

The award was presented to Amy, who joined Just Credit Union as a 16-year-old business apprentice in August 2004, by the association’s president at ABCUL’s Annual Conference in Manchester last Saturday.

Karen Bennett, President of the Association of British Credit Union Ltd, said “Congratulations to Amy in winning this year’s Tracy Slane Award which is incredibly well deserved.”

“Amy’s nomination outlined her hard work and dedication in her role at Just Credit Union and her success in supporting Just Credit Union as finalists in the Social Enterprise Awards as well as in their excellent five star rating by The Fairbanking Foundation.”

“It is fantastic to see such wonderful young people committed to the credit union sector.”

Pat Buchanan, Chair of Just Credit Union, said “We are delighted that Amy has received external recognition for the role she has played in helping Just Credit Union grow and develop. She is a real asset to the organisation and we are very proud of her.”