Jane Nelson

The Oddfellows

Jane joined the Oddfellows in 1995 as Financial Controller and joined the Board of Directors in May 2000 after being appointed as Secretary of the Order. In October 2007 she was made Finance Director. She was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 16 July 2012 after being appointed as Acting CEO in March 2012.

Qualifying as an Accountant in 1991 she is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants as well as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to joining the Society, Jane worked in a variety of Finance roles in the industrial sector thus gaining a wide range of experiences. She has been a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) for seven years and during 2011, studied for and took the exams for the Certificate level and Diploma level of the Chartered Director examinations, both of which she passed with distinction. She was also awarded the IoD’s Institute prize in 2011 for outstanding performance in the 2011 examinations after achieving the highest examination score in the UK.

She was delighted in 2013 to be nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year for professional achievement.  In 2015 she did a tandem sky dive from 15,000 feet for Parkinson’s UK and raised over £13,500.

She has been involved with the Manchester Unity Housing Association and the MU Pension Scheme since 1995 and has served as Company Secretary to both these organisations since 1998. She served on the Board and as Treasurer of the Manchester Unity Credit Union from 2000 – 2008 relinquishing the post of Treasurer in September 2012. Within the Society, Jane is an active member of the Stockport District of the Oddfellows serving as its Chairman in 2003 and again in 2010, and has served as Trustee of the Branch since November 2003.

Jane has also sat on the Finance and Investment Sub–Committee of the charity, Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (Natasha’s) since late 2020. The Foundation was set up to fund cures into pioneering research to change the lives of those living with allergies.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling (when allowed!) and spending time with her family, when Covid allows, including her four grandchildren, which now include a granddaughter too!

Jane was appointed Chair of AFM in October 2019.

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