Athlone Credit Union CEO welcomes Collaborative Finance appointment

The appointment of Joe Healy to the role of non-executive chairperson at the recent Collaborative Finance CLG EGM has been welcomed by Athlone Credit Union CEO, Michael Evans.

Collaborative Finance is best known for its Cultivate farm loan offering which is available in over 110 credit union locations across the country. Irish farmers are increasingly turning to Cultivate when looking to source finance, with loan applications growing by 50 percent in the first six months of 2021 as compared to 2020.

“This appointment marks a great day for Cultivate. Having a person of Joe Healy’s stature come on board and join us on the Cultivate journey gives us great confidence about where we can take Cultivate both nationally and within our local community.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Joe and look forward to exploring together how we can spread the word about the farmer friendly finance that is offered by Athlone Credit Union,” Mr Evans enthused.

Having gained considerable board level experience with organisations including the FBD plc, Bord Bia, IFA, and Copa Cogeca, Mr Healy will add significantly to the Board.

“I am delighted to take on my new role as chair on the Collaborative Finance board. I’m looking forward to helping the Cultivate brand grow as farmers look for alternative ways to finance the development of their businesses.

“As a farmer myself, I know the importance of locally provided financial services, especially with the closure of rural bank branches all around the country.

“I’ve been very impressed with the people involved in Collaborative Finance and am excited to work with them so that the organisation reaches its potential and makes a real impact in families and communities across the country,” Mr Healy asserted.


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