Jas & Hannah Make Us Proud!

Last weekend was the ABCUL Annual Conference in Manchester, and what a weekend it was for 2 members of the Penny Post team. Jas & Hannah, we’re SO proud of you both!

Penny Post Customer Services Administrator, Hannah Copson, has been working hard over the last year, as one of only 8 young people in the UK to be accepted onto the CU Futures programme. At a Gala Dinner last Saturday night, in front of 100s of people from credit unions across the UK, Hannah graduated from the programme. Her proud parents were also present for this very special occasion.

As part of the CU Futures programme, the young professionals competed in a Team Project Challenge, culminating in a presentation to a professional panel including broadcaster, journalist and writer, Liz Barclay.

Hannah, Amy (Serve & Protect Credit Union) and Jade (Plane Saver Credit Union) developed a financial education programme for young people called ‘Start Young, Think £mart’. Their hard work paid off – they won the Team Project Challenge – well done Hannah, Jade, & Amy!

And if that wasn’t enough …. Penny Post’s Customer Services Supervisor, Jas Kaur won the Tracy Slane Award beating competition from across the UK.

The Award is presented each year to a young person who has made an outstanding contribution to their credit union and/or to the wider movement. It is dedicated to the memory of Tracy Slane, who worked as ABCUL’s Conference Officer until her untimely death in 2004 at the age of 25.

As ABCUL’s President Karen Bennett welcomed Jas to the stage, she said: “We’re delighted to award the 2020 Tracy Slane Award to Penny Post Credit Union’s, Jaspreet Kaur. Appearing on the stage last year as a CU Futures graduate, it’s been a pleasure to see her growth and development, becoming a valuable asset to not only her respected credit union, but our sector as a whole.”

“As well as graduating the CU Futures programme, other notable achievements include volunteering as Secretary of ABCUL West Midlands Forum, visiting Romania as part of a credit union exchange programme, completing the Credit Union Development Education Europe course last August and using this learning to bring enthusiasm back to the office and reminding everyone of the important role that credit unions play across the globe.”

Penny Post Vice-Chair, Graham Jones, said: “Penny Post Triple Crown! What a great night at the ABCUL Conference on Saturday – with our own Hannah Copson collecting her Credit Union Futures degree and being in the winning team project. Just as we settled down, our Jas Kaur was announced as the winner of the ‘Tracy Slane Award’ for the young person making the most significant contribution to the wider Credit union movement. Brilliant! Very well done Hannah and Jas and congratulations on both!”

Well done Hannah and Jas, we’re all so proud of you both!