Lifetime Achievement Award for Flintshire Credit Union Pioneer
A founder of All Flintshire Credit Union who steered it from just £25 to a turnover of £2m, is being honoured with a posthumous lifetime achievement award.
Tecwyn Jones, who passed away in September, helped set up the Holywell not-for-profit financial cooperative, and was still at the helm when ill health forced him to retire in 2019.
The former community worker was awarded the Credit Unions of Wales Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the three decades he spent building All Flintshire Credit Union.
Former All Flintshire Credit Union Board member Glyn Owen received the award on Tecwyn’s behalf.
Glyn said: “The credit union was really Tecwyn’s life’s work, he put so much into building it up into what we have today.
“He believed in local people helping each other and keeping money in the community, and that’s what drove him. I am so sorry he can’t receive the award himself, but am pleased he knew he had achieved this recognition before he passed.”
All Flintshire Credit Union was set up in 1992 with just two members and £25 to lend out but under Tecwyn’s leadership membership grew to 3500 and turnover reached £2m.
Claire Savage, Policy Officer for Credit Unions of Wales paid tribute to Tecwyn: “Working with communities in the USA, Glasgow, Liverpool and here in his home county of Flintshire, Tecwyn’s drive and determination to create a fairer society touched and improved thousands of people’s lives.
“The Credit Unions of Wales Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of three decades spent building fair and ethical financial services for people in Flintshire. He was a pioneer of the credit union movement in Wales and All Flintshire stands as testament to his belief in fair and ethical financial services for all. He will be sorely missed.”
The son of a baker, as a young man Tecwyn won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US, where her discovered his passion for community development, working with gangs in Pennsylvania. He worked with communities in Glasgow and Liverpool before settling back in his home county of Flintshire with his wife Jean.
The Credit Unions of Wales Awards were sponsored by Engage and supported by the Welsh Government.
Geoff Leech Managing Director at Engage added: “Engage Account is delighted to be sponsoring the Credit Unions of Wales Awards for the third consecutive time and we are continually impressed by the high standards of entries.
“This year is no exception as they illustrate once more the commitment and dedication of businesses, workers, organisations, members and volunteers towards the global credit union movement.
“We congratulate all of the winners and highly commended for all that they do to further the incredible work of ethical savings and loan providers across Wales.”