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MALG North West is the longest established regional MALG group, created in 1997 to promote greater communication, understanding and professionalism between money advice agencies and creditors in the region. It was the first networking group of its kind, aiming to maximise upon the wealth of representation in the North West area.

Today MALG North West is one of the most successful groups with around 50 members regularly attending, meeting quarterly in and around the North West area.

The group is chaired by Miriam Scott of Shoosmiths LLP and Richard Holland of Salford City Council. The secretary is Karen Bridson of Aperture LLP and other regular attendees/committee members include Joanne Brookes of MoneyPlus, Garry Hepherd of StepChange, Vanessa Whale of HSBC, Sharon Mercer of CitA, and Vanora McCullagh of Lowell Group.

The groups meets four times a year in Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and/or Wigan. Topics covered at recent meetings include:

  • Money Advice Service Update and ‘Long term impact of money advice on low income households’
  • Welfare Reform
  • The British Bankers’ Association’s 9 Principles – ‘coming together to improve our services to clients/customers’

For a list of some MALG North West members see the regional section of the members page and for details of upcoming regional members’ meetings, see our events calendar.

If you feel you would benefit from joining the North West Discussion Forum we would be pleased to hear from you. Please email