James Berry is the CEO of Bristol Credit Union. Having previously worked in retail banking he joined the credit union sector in 2005. During his tenure, he has grown BCU total assets from £500k in 2007 to £8m+ by year end 2017, increased earned income from c£80k in 2007 to c. £1m in 2017, and increased membership from c1,200 to >10,500.
He has also managed BCU's growth from 4 FTE to a staff team of 15.5 FTE, including creating and developing a Senior Management Team to create segregation of duties and ensure risk management. He is currently managing an investment raise which will support future growth, aiming to triple the size of the credit union's loan book over the next 5 years, supported by the development of a new FinTech approach to delivering member service.
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