CUW Awards: Workplace Champion

Credit Unions of Wales Awards – Workplace Champion

The Workplace Champion category of the Credit Unions of Wales Awards 2018 recognises a Payroll Partner member of staff that goes ‘above and beyond’ to promote their local credit union within their workplace.

They may undertake activities or work closely with their Credit Union to promote the benefits of membership.

The nominations for this award are:


Michael Cantwell

Wrexham County Borough Council employee Michael Cantwell has been nominated for a Credit Unions of Wales Workplace Champion Award.

Wrexham Council are payroll partners of Cambrian Credit Union and Michael is the lynchpin in this successful partnership.

Over the past year he has continually provided reports to his Senior Management Team and Heads of Department to inform them of the work Cambrian does across Wrexham.

Michael’s support has resulted in Cambrian holding four payroll roadshows, signing up over 20 new members – along with a new payroll partner!

He provides details of local events and this has resulted in a partnership with HMP Berwyn, offering savings accounts to prisoners and attending staff Health and Wellbeing days.

They have also delivered a presentation to tenant representatives and senior team leaders, attended monthly street festivals and become involved with Talk Money Week and a new Business Hub in Wrexham.

Michael continually promotes the financial services of Cambrian Credit Union by circulating posters and emails to all employees.

He shares information on the staff intranet, the council blog, the council Facebook page and in the weekly staff “Friday Bulletin”.


Lynne Sheehy

Head of Social Investment at Legal & General Lynne Sheehy has been nominated for a Credit Unions of Wales Workplace Champion Award for furthering the cause of the movement.

Lynne has played an instrumental role in establishing a payroll scheme for Legal and General’s Cardiff base in 2016, working closely with Cardiff & Vale Credit Union to ensure its launch was a success.

Lynne’s ongoing support to promote a payroll partnership scheme has been exemplary, using a range of communications to ensure all staff were fully aware of the financial service offered to the workforce.

In April 2018, Lynne was a key speaker at a joint event arranged with CVCU and Capital Law to promote financial wellbeing in the workplace – an event designed specifically to raise take-up of payroll scheme partnerships with CVCU and local employers.

In her voluntary role as Chair of Business in the Community’s Community Impact Leadership team, Lynne has also facilitated credit union payroll schemes being promoted as a feature of BITC’s 2016 corporate responsibility week.


Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, Hospital Catering Manager for Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach has been nominated for the coveted Credit Unions of Wales Workplace Champion Award.

Thanks to her tireless efforts, fellow members of staff are kept informed of the many financial services offered by Smart Money Cymru Credit Union.

Her enthusiasm for saving has been instrumental in seeing 90% of her catering team become Payroll Savers.

Helen is referred to and known as the “savings lady guru” throughout the hospital.

She distributes credit union literature on behalf of Smart Money Cymru to the internal professional staff and general public.

She discusses updates and new products to keep the credit union knowledge fresh and current.

Helen updates display notice boards, posts on-site promotion dates, regularly mail shots internal staff and checks promotions on internal mechanisms.

She is proactive in her approach for sign ups and follows the process systematically.


Jane Batchelor

Jane Batchelor has been nominated for a Credit Unions of Wales Workplace Champion Award for her work in promoting the financial services of Smart Money Cymru to the workforce of JoJo Maman Bebe

As HR Manager of the maternity wear and baby clothing retailer in Newport and through her own personal financial experiences, she continually promotes the credit union cause.

After exploring various high street options for financial solutions to her personal problems, was unsuccessful in reaching a suitable outcome.

Jane contacted Smart Money Cymru to discuss what credit unions were and how or if they could assist.

The impact on Jane was to implement the Invisible Saver scheme in her current employment as she believed other members of staff would benefit.

Jane is instrumental in onsite coordination of promotions, advice and guidance on Smart Money Cymru Invisible Saver and other products and services.

She encourages staff to save even a small amount each month to assist with any unexpected expenditure as a ‘rainy day fund.

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