The Co-operative Group Board of Directors

The Group Board is entirely non-executive and consists of 21 directors. Fifteen of the directors are elected from our Regional Boards and five from Independent Co-operative Societies. In addition, the Board has one independent non-executive director. Each year one-third of Board members 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.

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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.

Steven Bayes

Steven Bayes (r)

Group Deputy Chair. Joined the Board in 2009.

Nurse. Member of the North Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board and a Director of Co-operatives UK Ltd.

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.

Patrick Grange

Patrick Grange (r)

Joined the Board in 2007.

Farmer and Business Consultant. Member of the North West & North Midlands Regional Board. Acting chair of Co-operative Food Board and a member of the Group Audit & Risk Committee.

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.

Liz Moyle

Liz Moyle (r)

Joined the Board in 2011.

Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board and appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

Munir Malik (r)

Joined the Group Board in May 2013.

Member of the South East Region. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board and appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

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.

Stuart Ramsay

Stuart Ramsay (r)

Joined the Board in 2009.

Computer Technician. Member of the Scotland & Northern Ireland Regional Board. Director of Co-operative Specialist Businesses Board. Appointed to the Values & Principles Board and also, representative on the Co-operative Party NEC.

Ben Reid

Ben Reid (i)

Joined the Board in 2000.

Chief Executive of The Midcounties Co-operative. Non-Executive Director of Co-operative Banking Group Ltd and The Co-operative Bank plc. Member of the Co-operative Banking Group Audit Committee and appointed to the Values & Principles Board.

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

Lord Paul Myners

Paul Myners

Joined the Board in December 2013.

Senior Independent Non Executive Director

 

The Co-operative Food Board

  • Ursula Lidbetter, Group Chair & Chair of Food Board
  • Jenny Barnes, Group Director
  • John Brodie, Group Director
  • Eric Calderwood, Group Director
  • Martyn Cheatle, Group Director
  • Herbert Daybell, Group Director
  • Patrick Grange, Group Director
  • Ray Henderson, Group Director
  • Marc Bicknell, 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

  • Michael Harriot, Group Director
  • Steven Bayes, Group Deputy Chair /Chair of the Specialist Businesses Board
  • Jenny di Villiers, Group Director
  • Penny Coates, Independent Professional Non-Executive Director
  • Michael Cutt, Independent Professional Non-Executive Director
  • Munir Malik, Group Director
  • Liz Moyle, Group Director
  • David Pownall, Group Director
  • Stuart Ramsay, Group Director
  • Mark Smith, 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