Become a Council Member

Nominations will open again in 2020

View the results of our 2019 Council elections.

Successful candidates who applied for co-option will start their terms on Council on Monday 2 September, 2019.

Diversity

The Council recognises the importance of having a diverse composition particularly in respect of under-represented groups, which may include (but is not limited to): gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, geography and employee representation. 7 seats on the Council are allocated each year to address shortfalls in diversity.

Co-option

The Members’ Council has up to seven co-opted seats, which it can use to boost under-representation after the Council elections. In 2019, there are 3 co-option seats available. Each seat has a 2 year term.

As our Council is currently gender-balanced, we’re looking to improve its diversity in these groups especially:

  • Ethnicity - BAME members
  • Age - members under the age of 30

You don’t need to meet the eligibility criteria of 3 years membership and 1,000 points to stand for co-option.

If you would like to find out more about co-option, email us at councilelections@coop.co.uk

Eligibility

To stand for election to the Members' Council, you need to have:

  • Been a Co-op Member for three years prior to standing for election

  • Earned at least 1,000 trading points over the financial year (January-January)

  • Earned at least 500 of these points by spending across any of the wholly-owned businesses in the Co-op Group (Co-op Food, Co-op Electrical, Co-op Insurance, Co-op Funeralcare and Co-op Legal Services).

If you want to find out more or check if you're eligible to stand for election, email: councilelections@coop.co.uk

What the role involves

Elected members attend Council meetings throughout the year at 1 Angel Square in Manchester.

They work with others to make sure our business is values-led, and one our members can be proud of.

You’ll get the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and awareness of:

  • The performance of our business
  • The Co-op Group strategy
  • Our community offer
  • Our business ethics and campaigns
  • Co-op membership

Hear from people like you who have been elected and are making a difference.

Council meeting dates for 2019

  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May
  • Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June (induction for new Council Members)
  • Saturday 6 July
  • Saturday 21 September
  • Saturday 30 November

Payments and benefits

You’ll receive an annual fee of £3,000.

Travel costs and expenses are also covered.

You’ll receive an employee discount card, which can be used at Co-op Food stores and other Co-op Group businesses.

Childcare and dependent carer allowance is available to help Council Members to attend meetings. Please email councilelections@coop.co.uk for more information.

Find out more

You can read more about how our Council elections work in our Council election regulations (PDF, 28 pages, 1,027KB).