Become a Council Member

Applications for our 2023 Council Elections are now open. Could you help us make a difference and work with others for the benefit of Co-op and Co-op Members?

Council Collage 2023

Co-op has a different way of doing business and exists to meet its members' needs. Our members own our Co-op and the National Members' Council is part of how we are run, representing our values and members’ views.

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

The role of our National Members' Council

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

• Work with our Board and senior leaders to help them meet members’ needs

• Make sure that we’re staying true to our values and principles in big decisions and plans.

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

How our Members' Council made a difference in 2022...

2022 Council examples

What are the benefits of being a Council Member?

  • You'll get exclusives on Co-op's projects, partnerships and campaigns, working closely with Member Pioneers and colleagues.

  • You'll network with senior leaders from around Co-op and the Co-operative Movement and take part in free training to develop your skills and experience.

  • You'll receive £3,000 a year and gain unique insight into how a big business runs.

Does this sound like an opportunity for you?

Before you apply, we've put together a 2023 Council Elections Nominations Pack that tells you everything you need to know about the nominations process and standing for election, including all the information we need you to provide. To keep things fair and equal, eligible applicants are entered into an election and members in their region vote for who they’d like as their local representatives ahead of Co-op’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May.

Are you a Co-op Colleague Member? Find out more about standing for election as a colleague.

In the meantime, hear from one of our Council Members as they bring the role to life. You can also read our Council Newsletter to see what Council has focused on and achieved throughout 2022.

We'll be hosting a Teams session on 20 February, 4:30-5:30pm for anyone who would like to know more about the role before applying. Please email to book on or if you have any questions.

What happens next?

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

Become a Co-opted Council Member

Our Members' Council has up to seven seats allocated for co-option each year, helping us to better represent our diverse communities.

For 2023, we have 3 seats available and are particularly keen to hear from members from ethnic minorities, young members, and members who have a disability who can help us break down barriers and eliminate inequalities. To apply, you just need to have been a Co-op Member for one year. Applications for becoming a Co-opted Council Member will close on 23 May.