The Co-operative Group Board of Directors

The Co-operative Group Board is made of Independent Non-Executive Directors, Executive Directors, (including the Group Chief Executive) and Member-Nominated Directors. They oversee the overall strategy of The Co-operative Group and hold the Executive Management team to account.  All Directors are expected to meet the high standards of competence appropriate with the needs of a business of the scale and complexity of the Group. Additionally, all Directors must demonstrate a commitment to Co-operative Values and Principles.

Member Nominated Director (MND)

The Board can have up to four Member-Nominated Directors. Every other year at the AGM Members can vote for or against an MND remaining on the board. Any member of the Group can put themselves forward as a MND, they just need to have been a member for three years and meet the relevant eligibly criteria.

Executive Director

An executive director is an employee of The Co-operative Group who is part of the executive management team. Our executive management team (or sometimes known as Senior Management) are  the highest level of management who have the day-to-day responsibilities of managing The Co-operative Group. The Board can have up to two Executive Directors, (including the Group Chief Executive). Members can vote for or against an Executive Director remaining on the board at the first AGM following their appointment. 

Independent Non-Executive Director (INED)

An Independent Non-Executive Director is a member of the board who does not form part of the executive management team. They are not employees of the Group or affiliated with it in any other way and provide professional industry knowledge.  The Board can have up to five Independent Non-Executive Directors. The Group Chair and the Board is responsible for selecting INED’s but members can vote for or against INED’s remaining on the board at the first AGM following their appointment.

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

Allan Leighton

Allan Leighton

  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Group Chair. Joined the Board in 2015.

Richard Pennycook

Richard Pennycook

  • Executive Director
  • Group Chief Executive. Joined the Board in 2015

Sir Christopher Kelly

Sir Christopher Kelly

  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Joined the Group Board in 2014

Ruth Spellman

Ruth Spellman

  • Member Nominated Director
  • Joined the Group Board in 2015

Paul Chandler

Paul Chandler

  • Member Nominated Director
  • Joined the Group Board in 2015

Hazel Blears

Hazel Blears

  • Member Nominated Director
  • Joined the Group Board in 2015

Simon Burke

Simon Burke

  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Joined the Group Board in 2014

Stevie Spring

Stevie Spring

  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Joined the Group Board in June 2015

Peter Plumb

Peter Plumb

  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Joined the Group Board in June 2015