Board Member Profiles

PresidentJeff Seneviratne

Jeff Seneviratne - profileI am now retired after working for over 40 years in the NHS as a Clinical Scientist. I have held senior positions in Manchester hospitals, within my professional bodies and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the professional regulator. I was born in Leeds but have lived in South Manchester since 1973 and been an active member of the community. I was a School Governor at St Catherine’s Primary School and joined St Catherine’s Credit Union in 1981. I was involved as a leader with the Woodcraft Folk for a number of years. I became more actively involved with South Manchester Credit Union in 2006, was elected as a director in 2009 and President in 2010. I am married to Teresa and we both enjoy hill walking and the outdoors. I enjoy real ale and was a founder of the Didsbury Beer Festival in 2008. 

DirectorHannah Quirk

Hannah Quirk

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Manchester– I teach Criminology and Law students and I have written articles about subjects including the 2011 riots in Manchester and miscarriages of justice. I am one of the newspaper reviewers on BBC Radio Manchester’s Breakfast Show and appear fairly regularly on local television and radio news talking about criminal justice stories. I have lived and worked in Manchester for the last ten years.  I was a volunteer for the Manchester International Festival 2015 and ran the Manchester 10k

DirectorRoland Fox

Roland FoxCurrently a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Salford University, I graduated from Manchester University and subsequently took a Masters in Accounting and Finance. A qualified Chartered Management Accountant, I have worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers, London and Manchester Assurance and BTR (now Invensys) prior to lecturing. I have published and given papers in the areas of education and finance and am now the author of two textbooks on Financial Management and International Financial Management.

DirectorMike Connolly

Mike Connolly at workI have been a director of SMCU since 2013. This is my first directorship in the financial sector. Previously I have been a director of the National Council for Hospices and Specialist Palliative Care Services (7 years). I am employed as a consultant nurse based at Wythenshawe Hospital from where I lead the palliative care services in South Manchester. I have twice been elected and served as a staff governor of University Hospital of South Manchester Hospital Trust (7 years) and also elected and served as Vice Chair (2 years) and Chair (2 years) of Withington Constituency Labour Party. I am currently Chair of Didsbury Beer Festival (in its 8th year) which is run for the benefit of the local community and local good causes.

DirectorMartin Logan

Martin LoganBorn in Dublin in 1952, I came to Manchester in 1975 with the help of a loan from Sundrive Credit Union. I joined the buses in 1977 and in 1992 I founded GM Buses Employees Credit Union at Princess Road Bus Depot, Moss Side. Today that credit union is called Voyager Alliance and I am still a director in the post of secretary. After 37 years driving buses around Manchester I retired in March 2014.

I am actively involved in helping and promoting credit unions at local, national and international level. Founder of the British Credit Union Historical Society, I am currently writing the History of the British Credit Union Movement.  My hobbies are researching family history with my wife, Winifride. We love attending food, drink and garden festivals through out the North West as well visiting wildlife and bird sanctuaries. I am on the committee of the Didsbury Beer Festival and I am currently researching the names on the Manchester Corporation Tramways Memorial Plaque for the Centenary of WW1.

DirectorJean Johnston

Jean JohnstonI grew up in Widnes when it was dominated by the chemical industry, near a polluted river Mersey. Now salmon swim up river and there is more awareness of green issues. I have solar panels which charge my electric car, as I am concerned about air pollution and worry about climate changes. I worked as an occupational therapist in Durham, London and Stockport specialising in stroke rehabilitation. I help run a stroke club in Stockport to provide support after discharge home. I joined a community group in Barlow Moor that planned to set up a credit union and we launched South Manchester Credit Union in 2000. Our role as volunteers changed as it grew and staff were employed. I enjoy being part of a co-operative group when a lot gets done as everyone contributes.

DirectorMartin Singer

I retired from paid work after 35 years in the charity sector, most recently as Finance Manager for Manchester Mind. I also worked in the Micro Business sector at Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Further Education as a Maths Lecturer and in marketing for Engineering firms.

I am currently on the SMCU Finance Committee and Treasurer of Manchester Citizens Advice. The UK has a very dysfunctional financial industry and I am active in pressure groups such as Positive Money, which argues for the democratisation of our money supply

My wife has helped to keep me out of serious trouble for 46 years. An attribute I try to pass on to our 15 year old Grandson. I love motorbikes, Classic Cars and Early English history.

DirectorPaul Mooney

paul mooneyI’m Manchester-born and have lived in South Manchester for 30+ years. I’m a bit of a jack of all trades having worked in housing, employment, training, business and enterprise and also community finance. I have a particular passion for social enterprise and am currently an Executive Director of Care & Share Associates, the UK’s largest worker-owned adult social care company. I got to know SMCU in 2012 while running a business start-up service in Manchester and soon afterwards joined the board. It’s a privilege to be involved with this extraordinary organisation that’s making such an important difference for our local community.

DirectorPaul Murphy

Paul MurphyI was, along with Jean Johnston, a founding director of the credit union in 2000. Chairing the group that set SMCU up, we met every week for two years to agree our policies and procedures. Launching on 1st October 2000 was a massive achievement and our progress since then has been amazing.

As a board member of United Co-operatives (before it merged with The Co-operative Group) and active in the Co-operative Party, I have a background and belief in Co-operation. When I am not running Mersey Bank Collection point on Saturday Mornings, which I enjoy immensely, I am an Associate Director in the Social and Market Research Team in AECOM, based in our Altrincham office next to the football ground.

The credit union is one of the best organisations I have been involved with and I am very proud to have played my role. That said, recently losing 5 stones in weight at Slimming world was also a fine achievement!

DirectorJeremy Engineer

I currently work for a housing group in South Manchester, prior to that I have worked in the advice sector, most recently as the manager of Cheetham Hill Advice Centre and before that I had various roles within Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau. I have been a trustee for 2 charities, Cheetham Communities Together and Chorlton Park Primary School PTA; I was treasurer for the later for 6 years. Previously I have worked in Universities and the private sector as a mathematician.