Being a Council Member
Hear from people like you who are making a difference.
As a Co-op Member, you have the chance to elect other members to represent you in our Co-op - or you could take on the role yourself.
Not sure if being on our Members' Council is for you? Find out more about how some of our Council Members are making a difference below...
I was new to Council in 2020 and have really enjoyed getting to grips with being a Council Member, even with the circumstances being very different from what I expected when I stood for election. Despite doing all our business virtually this year, the Council has continued to fulfil our role of holding the Board to account and championing the co-operative values and principles.
I think the whole Council has been inspired by the resilience and commitment of Co-op colleagues and Member Pioneers through the pandemic. The unprecedented events of 2020 have shown, once again, the relevance of our co-op values and the power of people working together. I look forward to being part of Council as we hopefully move beyond the pandemic and into a rebuilding phase for our country in which I know the Co-op, and our values, have a big part to play.
By applying for Co-op's Members' Council, you'll be able to contribute to the future of the business by offering a fresh perspective, which is crucial to our ongoing success. I joined the Council to break down barriers and tackle inequalities within the Co-op and the movement. I was delighted to hear about the Co-op's commitment to racial equality and inclusion when it was announced earlier this year. Council Members helped shape the manifesto and want to support Co-op in delivering it and having the impact we all want to see by making sure we're representing everyone.
As a store manager, I know how important Co-op’s role at the heart of our communities is. By listening to what our members and customers need, we can have a big impact on the things that matter most. As a Council Member, I’m part of our Join in Live Working Group, helping to shape the member events we run every autumn. Due to the pandemic, we took 2020’s events online and it was great to see so many people getting involved from the comfort of their own homes. We got lots of brilliant feedback and ideas on our plastic film recycling scheme initiative and support for wellbeing, which will help bring plans and work to life in 2021.
I’m on Council’s Ethical & Sustainable Leadership Committee and our focus has been on what Co-op is doing to tackle climate change, as we know this continues to be a major concern for our communities and the planet. At last year’s AGM (Annual General Meeting), Council put forward a motion drafted from members’ ideas and input as a call for the business to act quicker and do more. Lots of progress has been made since then, like our plans to introduce electric delivery vehicles and our switch to Ecosia as an ethical browser for colleagues to use. Our influence really does make a difference and I’m looking forward to working with members on what we do next.