Members’ Newsletter Summer 202119 August 2021
In this issue Paul Ellis reflects on the Society’s progress as we celebrate 40 years of sustainable lending and he announces he will be stepping down as CEO next year. He has been involved with the Society throughout that time as a member, then director and latterly as Chief Executive and we pick out some of our key developments and achievements across the years.
Our members have continually pushed us to make positive change to build a sustainable future and we’re also inviting members to take part in our member consultation to help us develop our strategy to take us to 2030. This comes at a time when the actions that we all take in the decade ahead are immensely important to ensure our planet remains habitable.
It’s the projects that are enabled by our savers’ money that are the real evidence of our success and we also include some inspiring stories from our borrowers highlighting the positive impact the Society has on people and the environment. There’s a rich crop of updates from Nith Valley Leaf Trust, Chapeltown Cohousing and the Open House Project as well as new projects that enable affordable, quality homes in communities throughout the UK.
You’ll also find an update on our latest news, ranging from our recent awards success in the British Bank Awards, our commitment to net zero banking and measuring the carbon impact of our lending as well as this year’s AGM.
We do hope members enjoy reading about how we’re making a positive impact and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.