Become a Council Member

Applications for our 2021 Council Elections are now closed...

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What happens next?

Thanks to everyone who applied or shared their interest in 2021.

Find out more about what happens now and what to expect if you're successful. If you have any questions about the role or the election process, please email us: councilelections@coop.co.uk.

Become a Co-opted Council Member

Our Members' Council has up to seven seats allocated for co-option each year, helping us to represent our diverse communities. For 2021, we have three seats available and are keen to hear from minority ethnic and young members who can help us break down barriers and eliminate inequalities.

Interested? You need to have been a Co-op Member for 12 months prior to applying but don't need to have earned 500 trading points in 2020.

Thinking about applying in 2022?

Applications for our Members' Council will open again in January, 2022.

To apply, you'll need to earn at least 500 trading points by spending with Co-op in 2021 and have been a Co-op Member for three years prior to applying.

The role of our Members' Council

Our Members’ Council gets involved in all parts of Co-op life and has a responsibility to:

• Work with our Board and senior leaders to help them represent members’ interests.

• 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.

Council Members are 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. Currently, our Members' Council meets virtually to fulfil its roles and hear the latest from around our Co-op. When the government says it's safe to do so, we'll explore holding face-to-face meetings in Manchester again. Travel and expenses are covered and we can help with childcare and carer allowances too.

Does this sound like an opportunity for you?

Hear from some of our current Council Members as they bring the role to life.

Find out more

You can read more about how our Council Elections work in our regulations. You can also take a look at our role profile to learn more about what being a Council Member involves and see if it's for you.