Become a Council Member

Applications for our 2022 Council Elections are now open...

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Stand for election to help us represent the diverse communities we serve and support and create a fairer world for everyone.

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

• 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 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 but we're exploring hybrid and face-to-face meetings for the future. 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 2022.

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 2021 by spending across any of the following businesses in the Co-op Group (Co-op Food, Co-op Insurance, Co-op Funeralcare and Co-op Legal Services).

You can find out more by reading our Membership Regulations.

What happens next?

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 election process, please email us:

Become a Co-opted Council Member

Our Members' Council has up to seven seats allocated for co-option each year. For 2022, we have four seats available and are particularly keen to hear from members from ethnic minorities and young members who can help us break down barriers and eliminate inequalities. To apply, you need to be a Co-op Member but don't need to meet our eligibility criteria.

Applications for our 2022 Co-options will close at midday on 20 May.

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.