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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.