Barbara Hann awarded CBE

Founding member of ACE Credit Union Services, Barbara Hann, has been awarded with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. This high level award, which is known fully as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is given to those who have played a prominent role at a national level in their field. Barbara was the Chief Executive Officer of ACE Credit Union Services until October 2014, when she decided to take a well- earned break from her long-term involvement with the British credit union movement.

Barbara has an impressive past record for working in the best interests of those who often feel excluded and isolated in society and her past job roles have included being a Head Teacher, a Social Worker and a Trade Union Branch Secretary. She has a reputation for standing up for the rights of those who often feel that they have no voice and her work with credit unions over the past twenty years has been exemplary.

Barbara Hann having just received her CBE for services to the financially excluded. The second picture shows Barbara with her two sons, Trevor (left) and Paul (right). Bill Hudson, CEO of ACE, said: "We are all extremely proud of Barbara and what she has achieved, and delighted that all of her hard work has been recognised at such a high level."

Barbara, who lives in Newcastle, is a well-known figure in the credit union movement and is well respected by all key stakeholders in the field at all levels. She was a founder members of Moneywise Credit Union in Newcastle, where she worked as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a number of years before taking on the role as CEO of ACE Credit Union Services, of which she was also a founder member in 2001.

Barbara lost her husband Stan in 2012, a Second World War veteran who served as a glider pilot and who took part in the invasion of Normandy on 1944 on his 24th birthday. Barbara and Stan had a very similar work ethic as evidenced by Stan’s decision to volunteer to work for a new cancer charity in Newcastle at the age of 91. Stan would have been extremely proud of Barbara’s award as are her two son Paul and Trevor.

Bill Hudson, who took over from Barbara as CEO in 2014 said: “All those involved with ACE are extremely pleased and proud to hear the news that Barbara has been awarded the honour of receiving a CBE from the Queen. It is a much deserved recognition of Barbara’s contribution to the development of the credit union movement over the years and her dedication to representing and speaking on behalf of some of the most disadvantaged members of our society.”

In receiving this award Barbara joins a talented list of British women including Glenda Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave, Sheila Hancock, Joan Bakewell, Esther Rantzen and Julie Walters.