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Castle Community Bank Edinburgh

Your only Community Bank

We’re a community bank dedicated to bringing the people an alternative home for their savings and loans.

Things work a little differently at Castle Community Bank. We don’t have mysterious shareholders. Instead, we’re owned and run by our members, creating a shared financial community across Scotland, which is accessible to everyone.

Community is something we strongly believe in; banking doesn’t have to be done with a massive corporation. Instead, we take away the barriers. We’re bringing the focus back to helping people, so we strive to be accessible, applicable and affordable for all of our customers. You are the reason we exist.

We have a range of saving and loan options available depending on what you need, and unlike many credit unions, you don’t have to save first to apply for a loan. Get in touch with us here, or pop into one of our Edinburgh branches to chat or take a look at our new website to do it all online. Banking with us is flexible and modern; we fit in around you.

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Our Board

  • Rev Iain May

    Chair
    Rev Iain May

    Rev Iain May

    Chair

     

    Iain has twenty years’ experience with multinational banking groups, fifteen of which were in senior and executive international roles. In 2005 he left the corporate world to start training for the Ministry and is currently the Minister of South Leith Parish Church, Edinburgh. In 2013, Iain with other Directors of the Water of Leith Credit Union Study Group, looked at ways to bring a more accessible community based credit union to Edinburgh and the Lothians. The result of this, was the merging of Castle and North Edinburgh credit unions with the Water of Leith, to form Castle Community Bank. Iain is fully committed to maintaining a strong community based credit union in Edinburgh and surrounding areas.

  • Arthur Mathieson

    Board Member
    Arthur Mathieson

    Arthur Mathieson

    Board Member

    Now retired after a lifetime career with Standard Life, Arthur brings over 35 years of experience working in customer service and operations. Arthur has led several different departments each with large numbers of staff managing change, process improvements, training and staff development. Arthur is committed to helping the community and continues to volunteer with several organisations. Arthur received his MBE in 2006 for services to the Leith community.

     

  • Ian Irvin

    Board Member
    Ian Irvin

    Ian Irvin

    Board Member

    Ian is an accountant by profession, entrepreneur by inclination, and he brings a wealth of experience that is relevant to early-stage growth companies, with a particular focus on Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance. His international experience is also extensive having spent much of the last 25 years managing significant financial transactions in multiple jurisdictions, most notably in Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and the USA. Ian is Treasurer at Stockbridge Church and he is also Treasurer of the Royal Naval Association in Portsmouth.

  • Willie McEwan

    Board Member
    Willie McEwan

    Willie McEwan

    Board Member

    Born and bred in Niddrie Willie has been actively involved in many community and business projects in Craigmillar. He was Chairman of the Craigmillar Opportunity Trust, (now cre8te), served on the Castlebrae school board for fifteen years and in his business employed where possible local apprentices and painters. Willie joined the Board in 2014.

  • Douglas Reid

    Board Member
    Douglas Reid

    Douglas Reid

    Board Member

    Douglas came to live in Edinburgh from the Highlands when studying law at the University of Edinburgh. He has advised individuals, companies, families and businesses throughout his career on common sense solutions, as well as negotiating the legal landscape. As well as being a busy husband and father, Douglas also serves as a Charity trustee. In the unlikely event of having any free time, Douglas likes to get some sleep.

  • Keith Macdonald

    Board Member
    Keith Macdonald

    Keith Macdonald

    Board Member

    Keith has extensive experience in marketing communications, digital marketing and website development. After seven years at Tesco Bank, Keith left in December 2017 to return to consultancy. Before that Keith was in senior marketing positions in RBS Group for thirteen years. Keith is also a Non-Executive Director of  Scottish Golf.

  • Moray Watson

    Board member
    Moray Watson

    Moray Watson

    Board member

    Moray worked for the Bank of Scotland for some thirty years, holding senior positions in Corporate, Business and Retail Banking. He currently works for a software company. He has a wide experience in sales and marketing, product development and operations.

  • Maureen Child

    Board Member
    Maureen Child

    Maureen Child

    Board Member

    Maureen has been a Labour Councillor for the Portobello/Craigmillar Ward since 2007 and an Elected Member of the City of Edinburgh Council since 1995. Currently Maureen is Convener of the Council’s Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee and Voluntary Sector and Equalities Champion for the Council. Prior to its merger with North Edinburgh Credit Union, Maureen had been a Board member of Castle Credit Union in Craigmillar since 2007. . Maureen strongly believes that there needs to be a locally based community credit union which serves ALL the people, but in particular those who are poor and those who easily fall prey to unscrupulous lenders

  • Jan Myerthall

    Board Member
    Jan Myerthall

    Jan Myerthall

    Board Member

    A local resident of Craigmillar for over thirty five years, Jan has always taken an active interest in community activities. Jan is active in several local groups and works hard to do her best for the local residents  of Craigmillar.

Our Team

  • Gordon Buchanan

    General Manager
    Gordon Buchanan

    Gordon Buchanan

    General Manager

    An accountant by profession, Gordon has spent the last 10 years working in financial services for companies such as Alliance Trust PLC and Airdrie Savings Bank, where he was CFO. He became General Manager of Castle Community Bank in August 2016 having been introduced to Rev Iain May as a volunteer at the Leith Food Bank. Gordon has overall responsibility for all aspects of the running of Castle Community Bank including its financial and regulatory position. He is proud of what has been achieved by Castle Community Bank in the last two years in terms of growth in lending and savings and the work we do to eliminate financial exploitation and exclusion.

  • Alastair Ramsay

    Branch Manager - Craigmillar
    Alastair Ramsay

    Alastair Ramsay

    Branch Manager - Craigmillar

    Prior to working for Castle Community Bank , Alastair has had 37 years of banking experience in a variety of roles within a major banking organisation including branch banking, independent financial advice and training .

  • Margaret Strachan

    Branch Manager - Leith
    Margaret Strachan

    Margaret Strachan

    Branch Manager - Leith

    A banker by profession, Margaret has over 20 years’ experience working in the financial sector latterly holding a senior post with Lloyds Banking Group. Margaret brings to Castle Community Bank a wide range of financial skills and customer experience. Being committed to customer service Margaret strives to deliver the best options for her customers.