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
Acting 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 Acting Group Chief Executive in March 2014.
Chief HR Officer
Joined The Co-operative Group in 2013. Has 20 years UK and international experience in HR, encompassing both the fast moving consumer goods sector with Unilever plc and in financial services with Barclays.
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.
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.
Group Marketing Director
Joined the Group Executive in January 2011. Previous positions include Marketing Director of John Lewis, and Business Development Director at Woolworth, as well as a range of senior positions within Kingfisher, KPMG and Freemans. Gill is also a Non-Executive Director of Morgan Sindall plc.
Group Director of Co-operative Relations
Has spent his whole working life within the Co-operative Movement, having started with Co-operative Retail Services in 1982, before moving to Oxford & Swindon Co-operative Society and then United Norwest Co-operatives. Represents The Co-operative Group on the Board of the British Retail Consortium and the Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Group.
Chief Information Officer
Joined The Group Executive in January 2012. Has held a wide range of senior IT leadership roles across several industries. Most notably as Chief Information Officer of Boots, Chief Information Officer of HBoS Retail Bank and Chief Information Officer of ASDA.
Managing Director Co-operative Estates
Has worked for The Co-operative Group for over 20 years joining the Group Executive in 2010. Qualified accountant and MBA, has held a variety of senior management positions within Finance, Strategy and Change, playing a leading role in many of the recent transformational changes within the Group. Director of various internal subsidiaries.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
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.
Harry Baines, Acting Group Secretary reports to Ursula Lidbetter, our Group Chair. George Tinning, Managing Director – Funerals and Paula Kerrigan, Director of Group Strategy, reports directly to the Group Chief Executive but are not part of the Group Executive.
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