The Co-operative Group Executive

It is the responsibility of the executive to implement the strategic objectives as agreed by the Group Board. The executive, under the leadership of the Group Chief Executive, is responsible for the management of the Group.

Our Management Executive

Richard Pennycook

Richard Pennycook

Interim Group Chief Executive

Joined the Group in 2013 after nearly eight years as Group Finance Director at WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc (“Morrisons”). At Morrisons he had responsibility for the Group’s finance, IT, strategy and multichannel development. Previous roles include Group Finance Director at RAC and JD Wetherspoon. Appointed Interim Group Chief Executive in March 2014.

 

Sam Walker

Sam Walker

Chief HR Officer

Joined the Group 2013 from Britvic Soft Drinks. Has over 25 years’ experience in HR across a number of sectors including media, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and utilities. She has also worked within marketing, sales and operations.

Nick Folland

Nick Folland

Executive Director, Group CEO Office. Group Director – External Affairs

Joined the Group in 2013 from Kingfisher where he led the Net Positive, sustainability agenda having also been the General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Steve Murrells

Steve Murrells

Chief Executive, Retail

Joined as Chief Executive of The Co-operative Food in 2012. Previously CEO of Danish meat company, Tulip. Has a long history in fresh food retailing, having held a number of senior positions with Tesco, including CEO for One Stop Stores and Commercial Director of Fresh Foods. Has also worked within buying and trading for Sainsbury’s.

Paula Kerrigan

Paula Kerrigan

Chief Strategy Officer

Group Chief Strategy Officer joined the Group in 2013 from Kingfisher where she was responsible for finance for Central Support functions having also held strategy and finance roles across Europe and Asia.

Pippa Wicks

Pippa Wicks

Interim Chief Operating Officer

Joined the Group in 2014 from the business consultants AlixPartners where she co-founded the firm’s Europe wide operations. Prior to joining AlixPartners, Pippa was group CEO of FT Knowledge, a corporate training business owned by Pearson plc. She was also previously group CFO of Courtaulds Textiles plc, Europe’s largest quoted textile and clothing manufacturer. Before that, she was a senior manager with Bain & Company strategy consultants. While at AlixPartners Pippa has taken on a number of Interim CEO and COO positions at UK and European companies.

Alistar Asher

Alistair Asher

Group General Counsel

Joined the Group in 2013 from Allen & Overy where he has been a senior partner. Alistair has had a 34 year career with Allen & Overy, twenty-six of them as a partner.

Rod Bulmer joins the Management Executive as CEO Consumer Services. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive at The Co-operative Bank. He joins the Group in June 2014 and will have responsibility for General Insurance, Funeralcare and Legal Services.

Group Secretary, Claire Davies will work closely with Alistair Asher and also support the Group Chief Executive in the management of the Executive. She will report to Ursula Lidbetter, the Group Chair, in the running of the Group Board and its Committees.

 

The Co-operative Retail Executive

Reporting to Steve Murrells:

  • Sean Toal, Chief Operating Officer
  • Steve Bailey, Finance Director
  • David Roberts, Property Director
  • Michael Fletcher, Trading Director
  • Cheryl Marshall, Service Delivery Director
  • Mark Hale, Supply Chain Director
  • Howard Reed, Food CIO
  • Ian Ayling, Customer Change Director
  • Andrew Mann, Customer Director
  • John Nuttall, Managing Director Healthcare
  • Helen Webb, Food HR Director
  • Martyn Hulme, Managing Director Estates