8. To elect Simon Burke as an Independent Non-Executive Director (Elected - 95.12%)

Motion To elect Simon Burke as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Supporting information Started as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 17 May 2015.

Committee membership Risk & Audit (Chair), Nominations

Simon Burke Skills and experience Simon joined the Co-op as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Food Board in January 2014. He assisted the Board in preparing the new governance proposals which were adopted that August. He joined the Transitional Board in November 2014 and, following his appointment to the new Group Board, was appointed Chair of the Group Risk & Audit Committee in June 2015.

A chartered accountant by training, Simon has spent most of his career heading retail and consumer businesses, including Virgin Entertainment, Majestic Wine, Hobbycraft and Bathstore. He is currently Chair of The Light Cinemas and of Blue Diamond Group, a leading garden centre business. Simon has also been on the boards of public service organisations including the BBC and the National Gallery.

Why I want to be a director of the Co-op I want to help show that the Co-op, as a business run for the benefit of its members and the communities it trades in, can succeed against competitors run purely for profit, and so prove that there is still a place for alternative ways of doing business in the UK.

Your Board response: Your Board recommends that you vote for this motion.

Your Council response: Your Council recommends that you vote for this motion.