The Co-operative Group Board of Directors

The Group Board is entirely non-executive and currently consists of 18 directors. Under the Group Rules, fifteen Directors are elected from our Regional Boards and five are elected from Independent Co-operative Societies. In addition, the Board has the ability to appoint up to three independent non-executive directors. Each year one-third of the elected Directors are required to seek re-election.

Three Subsidiary Boards are responsible for our major business units – Co-operative Food, The Co-operative Banking Group and Co-operative Specialist Businesses.

Find out how The Co-operative Group Board is part of our democracy.

The Co-operative Group Board

(r) regional representative (i) independent society representative

Ursula Lidbetter

Ursula Lidbetter (i)

Group Chair. Joined the Board in 2009.

Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Co-operative. Chair of Co-operative Food Board. Member of the Group Remuneration & Appointments Committee.

Jenny Barnes

Jenny Barnes (r)

Joined the Board in 2009.

Public Sector Worker. Member of the South & West Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Food Board and a Director of Co-operative Press Ltd. Appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

David Morrow

David Morrow

Joined the Board in May 2014.

Member of Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Board. Commercial Manager of Glens of Antrim Potatoes. Director at Drumlin Wind Energy Co-operative.

Duncan Bowdler

Duncan Bowdler (r)

Joined the Board in 2007.

Trade and Legislation Manager. Member of the North West & North Midlands Regional Board. Non-Executive Director of the Co-operative Banking Group Limited, The Co-operative Bank plc, and Co-operative Insurance Society Ltd. Member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.

John Brodie

John Brodie (i)

Joined the Board on May 2012.

Chief Executive, Scottish Midland Co-operative Society. Director of Co-operative Food Board.

David Smith

David Smith

Joined the Board in May 2014.

Member of Cymru/Wales Regional Board. Educationalist/Social Innovator.

Ray Henderson

Ray Henderson (r)

Joined the Board in 2009.

Retired Telecoms Engineer. Member of the North Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Food Board and appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

Michael Harriott (r)

Joined the Group Board in May 2013.

Member of the South and West Region. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board.

Frank Nelson

Frank Nelson

Joined the Board in May 2014.

Retired Marketing Manager – Co-operative Bank. Director at Co-operatives UK and Knowsley Mutual Credit Union.

Eric Calderwood

Eric Calderwood (r)

Joined the Board in 2006.

University Lecturer/Retail Consultant. Member of the Scotland & Northern Ireland Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Food Board and a member of the Group Remuneration & Appointments Committee. Also, Director of Co-operatives UK Ltd and Chair of The Manx Co-operative Society.

Martyn Cheatle

Martyn Cheatle (i)

Joined the Board in 2010.

Chief Executive, Midlands Co-operative Society. Director of Co-operative Food Board and Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.

Herbert Daybell

Herbert Daybell (r)

Joined the Board in 2009.

Retired Publisher. Member of the Central & Eastern Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Food Board and appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

David Pownall

David Pownall (r)

Joined the Board in 2007.

Self Employed Plastering Contractor. Member of the North West & North Midlands Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board. Director of Co-operative Action Ltd and Director of Co-operative Press Ltd. Appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

Andrew Donkin

Andrew Donkin

Joined the Group Board in May 2014.

Member of the North Regional Board. Is a Technical Manager for The Co-operative Food.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith (i)

Joined the Board in 2010.

Chief Executive of the Southern Co-operative. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board and a member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.

Jenny de Villiers (r)

Joined the Group Board in May 2013.

Member of the Central and Eastern Region. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board.

Marc Bicknell

Marc Bicknell (r)

Joined the Group Board in October 2013.

Member of the North Regional Board and a Director of The Co-operative Food Board

Robert Harber

Robert Harber

Joined the Group Board in May 2014.

Member of South East Regional Board, Cycle Trainer at Brighton & Hove City Council and Director at Hilary Lodge Freeholders Ltd

 

The Co-operative Food Board

  • Marc Bicknell, Group Director  (Chair of the Food Board)
  • Jenny Barnes, Group Director
  • John Brodie, Group Director
  • Eric Calderwood, Group Director
  • Martyn Cheatle, Group Director
  • Herbert Daybell, Group Director
  • Bob Harber, Group Director
  • Ray Henderson, Group Director
  • Frank Nelson, Group Director
  • John Longworth, Independent Professional Non-Executive Director
  • Simon Burke, Independent Professional Non-Executive Director
  • Steve Murrells, Chief Executive, Food

The Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board

  • Michael Harriott, Group Director (Chair of the Specialist Businesses Board)
  • Jenny de Villiers, Group Director
  • Penny Coates, Independent Professional Non-Executive Director
  • Michael Cutt, Independent Professional Non-Executive Director
  • David Pownall, Group Director
  • Mark Smith, Group Director
  • David Smith, Group Director
  • Andrew Donkin, Group Director
  • David Morrow, Group Director

The Co-operative Banking Group Board

  • Peter Harvey, Non-Executive Directors
  • Duncan Bowdler, Non-Executive Directors
  • Bob Newton, Non-Executive Directors
  • Richard Pennycook, Non-Executive Directors
  • Mark Summerfield, Non-Executive Directors  
  • Pat Wade, Secretary