A FOUNDER of All Flintshire Credit Union who steered it from just £25 to a turnover of £2 million, has been honoured with a posthumous lifetime achievement award.

Tecwyn Jones, who died in September, helped set up the Holywell not for profit financial cooperative, and was still at the helm when ill health forced him to retire in 2019.

The former community worker was awarded the Credit Unions of Wales Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the three decades he spent building All Flintshire Credit Union. Former All Flintshire Credit Union Board member Glyn Owen received the award on Tecwyn’s behalf. Glyn said: “The credit union was really Tecwyn’s life’s work, he put so much into building it up into what we have today.

"He believed in local people helping each other and keeping money in the community, and that’s what drove him. I am so sorry he can’t receive the award himself, but am pleased he knew he had achieved this recognition before he died.” All Flintshire Credit Union was set up in 1992 with just two members and £25 but under Tecwyn’s leadership membership grew to 3,500 and turnover reached £2m. The son of a baker, Tecwyn won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US, where her discovered his passion for community development,