Town of residence: Cardiff Occupation: Retired
Age: 63 Ethnicity: White
1. What is your current involvement in The Co-operative?
I believe strongly in the principles and value of the co-operative movement. I have banked with the Co-operative Bank for 30 years and shop regularly in my local Co-op stores.
2. What qualifications and/or experience do you possess that are relevant to the position of area committee member?
I have worked – in the Probation Service and Children’s Social Services – with some of the toughest problems facing our communities, families and individuals. I have managed teams, projects and organisations, often in difficult times. I have served on voluntary organisations and Trusts and local residents associations.
3. What other qualities would you bring to the role of area committee member?
I can relate to all kinds of people and build community contacts; bring a fresh perspective and develop imaginative solutions to long-standing problems; work effectively in meetings and committees and reliably meet my commitments. I am familiar with the standards required in public life. .
4. What aspirations do you have for The Co-operative?
Co-operative principles are vital in responding to the recession: making money ethically to rebuild the economy and using it responsibly to rebuild our communities, within longer-term aims of sustainable development.
I am keen to see the Co-operative movement promote alternative business models across Wales. Locally, I want us to inspire young people, whatever their circumstances, to make a positive contribution to their communities, both socially and economically.