Director Spotlight

Have you ever wondered about the great minds that steer and shape the Shell Employees’ Credit Union at the strategic level – our Board of Directors?  Ever wondered who they are, what makes them tick, and why on earth they would choose to run a financial institution- in their spare time?

Wonder no more. SECU'S Director Spotlight is a multi-series column that will feature SECU board members with terms that are expiring. Not only a great opportunity for the membership at large to acknowledge director contributions, the Director Spotlight is also an illuminating piece on what it truly means to serve on the SECU board.

Spotlight on: Amber Haworth Expand/Collapse

Although Amber Haworth is currently wrapping up her first term on the SECU board, she is no neophyte when it comes to governance. She currently chairs the HR and Risk Committees for the SECU board, and is also a director for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Amber’s background in non-profit governance provides a great complement to her role on the SECU board, especially given the parallel focus on community values. It is this emphasis on community, along with SECU’s member-centric approach to financial services, to that drew Amber to SECU in the first place.

When not helping shape SECU’s long-term vision, Amber works as the Finance Manager Alberta Light Tight Oil for Shell Canada where she is accountable for the end-to-end delivery of the finance function covering 3 Assets: Fox Creek, Gold Creek, and Rocky Mountain House in both the Duvernay and Montney formations in the Western Canadian Basin.   Previous to this she spent several years in Midstream Business Development for Total SA Canada in the heavy oil midstream and Hydrogen space.  She started her career in pipeline business development and investment banking. When not at work or at board meetings, you will likely find her cross-country skiing, acrylic painting, or enjoying some much-deserved downtime with her family.

Thank you Amber, for your bringing member-focused mindset and strategic thinking to the SECU board!

Spotlight on: Lane Mitchelmore Expand/Collapse

Like many current SECU members, Lane Mitchelmore joined the Shell Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) because of great rates. Lane had been shopping around for borrowing options, and found that SECU, true to form, was offering the most competitive pricing in the market. It was, however, an advertisement on the Shell Intranet that piqued Lane’s interest to become more involved with SECU, eventually leading to a multi-year Director Trainee stint on the SECU Board. His unique perspective as an IT subject-matter expert, complemented by his computer engineering background – with a specialization in nanotechnology, no less! -  added to the SECU board’s overall bench strength, at a crucial point when the Credit Union was shifting toward a more intentional approach to IT.  

Lane, at the culmination of his Director Trainee term, reflects on the ways that the Director Trainee program shaped his professional development. “First, it allowed me the opportunity to be involved and watch how strategic decisions are formed, discussed, and then ultimately decided on and how these decisions impact the day-to-day operations of the Credit Union.  Secondly, it gave me exposure to an industry outside of Oil & Gas and it gave me a new appreciation for the regulation and controls within Financial Services Industry and the challenges and opportunities that come with all of it.  Lastly, it provided me substantial learnings in the world of Finance (think P&L, financial & statistical reporting, and balance sheets).”

As a fast-rising young leader, we are confident that Lane’s well-rounded background will propel to great heights in his career.  Now that his time as a Director Trainee is drawing to a close, we want to sincerely thank Lane for his volunteerism and his many contributions to SECU, and wish him all the best in the future.