Become a council member

How to stand for election to the Members' Council.


To stand for election to the Co-op Members' Council in 2019 you need to have:

  • been a Co-op member since 3 January 2016
  • earned at least 1,000 trading points between 1 January 2018 and 5 January 2019
  • 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:

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.

They get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and awareness of:

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

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Your time

Successful candidates are usually elected for a 3-year term and will take up their seats following the Group annual general meeting (AGM) on 18 May 2019.

You'll need to attend a mandatory induction for new council members (21 – 22 June 2019) and complete some core training during your term of office.

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

Council members get an annual fee of £3,000. Travel costs and expenses are also covered.

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

Childcare and dependent carer allowance is available to enable Council members to attend meetings.


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


The Members’ Council has up to seven co-opted seats which it can use to boost underrepresentation 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:

  • Ethinicity - Black, Asian, and Minority Ethinic (BAME) Members
  • Age - Members under the age of 30

You don't need to meet the Council elections eligibility criteria to stand for co-option.

If you would like to find out more about co-option, email us at