AGM attendee remembers first Nationwide AGM
1 August 2016: A lovely story which has emerged from last Thursday’s AGM is that of 82 year old attendee Rhod Dunn. Rhod is a retired employee of Nationwide who joined the Society in 1955 and retired at the time of the Nationwide and Anglia merger in 1987. During his 32 year career, he was responsible for opening Newcastle, Gosforth and Wallsend branches in and around Tyneside and was branch manager when the first Nationwide ATM opened.
Rhod proudly wore his Nationwide badge from the 1980s to the AGM which he’d kept as a souvenir from his branch days. He said that much of his time then was spent in the local and business communities which he felt very passionately about. After the formal meeting Rhod, like the other members, had the opportunity to meet the board. He enjoyed discussing the styles of former Nationwide CEOs with our new CEO Joe Garner. He also met with Graeme Hughes discussing what life was like as a branch manager in the 1970s and 1980s and he enjoyed spending time socialising with staff from his own local branch. Joe was also able to share the work he’s doing on the archives and history of Nationwide which Rhod forms an important part.
John Worthy, Area Director for the Midlands where next year’s AGM will be held, remembers being given his first branch manager job in Wallsend by Rhod.
To show our commitment to take the AGM around the country to enable more members to attend, this year’s AGM was held in Newcastle at the Sage Gateshead. The board answered 25 questions on a variety of subjects from some of the 78 members who attended the meeting. From the members who completed feedback forms 100% felt that the presentation and staff assistance either met or exceeded their expectations.