The Co-operative Group Executive
The Group Chief Executive, Euan Sutherland, is appointed by the Group Board and has direct responsibility for the Group on a day to day basis. He is accountable to the Group Board for the financial and operational performance of the Group.
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
Group Chief Executive
Before joining The Co-operative Group in May 2013, Euan’s previous roles include non-executive Director on The Co-operative Food Board, Group Chief Operating Officer for Kingfisher plc, Chairman of B&Q and CEO of Kingfisher UK & Ireland. Euan has over 18 years’ experience within the retail sector having held roles with Boots, Dixons, Coca-Cola and Mars.
Chief Executive - Co-operative Banking Group
Before joining The Co-operative Group in May 2013, Niall has held a variety of senior roles at HSBC in a career of more than 30 years, spanning retail and corporate banking. Most recently, he was Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC North America. In this role he had responsibility for working through the issues in HSBC Finance Corp, including working closely with HSBC North America Holdings’ regulators.
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.
Heads the Group’s Secretariat, covering the Governance, Membership and Legal functions. Also Secretary of Co-operative Banking Group. Has been with the Group since 1981. Has held a number of positions in the Co-operative Movement. Currently Chair of The Co-operative Academy of Manchester.
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.
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 will join the business in January 2014 as Food HR Director
The Co-operative Banking Group Executive
Reporting to Niall Booker:
- John Hughes, Managing Director, Retail Bank
- Mark Summerfield, Managing Director, Insurance Division
- Julie Harding, HR Director
- Grahame McGirr, Interim Chief Risk Officer
- John Baines, Interim Chief Financial Officer
- Bob Rickert, Chief Operating Officer
- Rod Bulmer, Deputy Chief Executive of The Co-operative Banking Group and Executive Director - Core Bank
- Peter Coleman, Chief Information Officer