Become a Council Member

Nominations will open again in 2020

View the results of our 2019 Council elections.

Successful candidates who applied for co-option will start their terms on Council on Monday 2 September, 2019.


The Council recognises the importance of having a diverse composition particularly in respect of under-represented groups, which may include (but is not limited to): gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, geography and employee representation. 7 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 under-representation 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:

  • Ethnicity - BAME members
  • Age - members under the age of 30

You don’t need to meet the eligibility criteria of 3 years membership and 1,000 points to stand for co-option.

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


To stand for election to the Members' Council, you need to have:

  • Been a Co-op Member for three years prior to standing for election

  • Earned at least 1,000 trading points over the financial year (January-January)

  • 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.

You’ll get the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and awareness of:

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

Hear from people like you who have been elected and are making a difference.

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

You’ll receive an annual fee of £3,000.

Travel costs and expenses are also covered.

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

Childcare and dependent carer allowance is available to help Council Members to attend meetings. Please email for more information.

Find out more

You can read more about how our Council elections work in our Council election regulations (PDF, 28 pages, 1,027KB).