Planning for our Future
In March the Leadership Team of our Bank, i.e. Directors and Executive Management, met for two days to look ahead without the distraction of day to day issues. The key questions at this kind of planning event are always around what we would like our future to be and what capacity we have to reach that critical goal. This is the norm for any organisation as you can imagine but this year was different. For a start we had 2020 behind us and we learnt a lot from that experience and the CEO had only recently taken up her role.
The current leadership team is the steward of the organisation and we take that responsibility very seriously. Behind every decision will be the desire to protect legacy but also the determination to leave Bank First in a better place than when we assumed our leadership roles. Our Bank’s agility, our committed and determined staff, and our close focus on our values saw us through the 2020 crisis period that tested everyone. That now becomes a springboard to what is next. Our Annual Report was positive evidence that your Bank is in good hands but we cannot and will not rest on those laurels – greater productivity that leads to benefits for Members is always on the agenda.
When the Board agreed on the profile for our new CEO the need for cultural fit was paramount. It’s exciting to welcome Michelle Bagnall to our team. She’ll bring the fresh eyes, the past experience, the desire to make her mark, the interest in who we are and what we can be. Of course, our focus will be on you, the Members. We want to continue to be your Bank and for you to be very clear about why you want to belong as a Member. We’re for people who build community; nothing is more important than that. Only as an organisation who provides great service in many forms can we achieve our desire to strengthen our society.
Chair of Board