Become a Council Member

Applications for our 2020 Council Elections are now open...

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Right now, we’re looking for people to join our Co-op National Members’ Council and have a say in the way we run our Co-op. It’s a really exciting opportunity, as our Members’ Council gets involved in all parts of Co-op life and has a responsibility to:

• Work with our Board and senior managers to make sure members’ interests are represented and positively influence their thinking.

• Make sure that we’re staying true to our values and principles

• Be a strong advocate for Co-op in the outside world – shout loudly and proudly about our achievements, work with your local community and get Co-op Members involved in shaping the Co-op they own.

How do our Council Members do this? They:

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Our Members’ Council is made up of 100 people, including Co-op Members, colleague members and members from other co-op societies, and they come from all walks of life.

As a Council Member, you'll be paid £3,000 a year to be a voice for Co-op Members and champion a better way of doing things at the heart of our business. To fulfil your role, you'll attend meetings in Manchester six times a year to hear the latest from around our Co-op. Travel and expenses are covered and we can help with childcare and carer allowances too.

Take a look at how many seats we have available in each constituency for 2020 here.

Does this sound like an opportunity for you? Hear from some of our newest Council Members as they bring the role to life or read about some of their latest work.

Before you apply...

To become a Council Member, you need to have:

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

  • Earned at least 500 trading points in 2019 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).

*Up to, and including, 23 March, 2019

Don't have 500 trading points?

Our Members' Council has up to seven seats available for co-option each year, helping us to represent our diverse communities. For 2020, we have four co-opted seats available and are particularly welcoming applications from BAME groups and people under 30. To apply, you need to be a Co-op Member but don't need to meet our eligibility criteria.

What happens next?

Click here to find out more about what happens after you apply and what to expect if you're successful.

If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please email us:

Find out more

You can read more about how our Council Elections work in our regulations.