East of England
I stood because I am concerned that the recovery of the Co-op must continue and that members have real power in the newly evolving local structures of our organisation. I am currently a Member Pioneer, working in Norfolk and setting up a local community forum to promote the Co-op through charitable activity and meaningful member involvement. I have previously worked across the East of England in promoting social businesses, including: community shops in Essex, community transport services in Essex and Cambridgeshire, and developing further education in students' unions throughout the region.
I have been a member of the Co-op for over forty years and am a regular user of the businesses. I believe passionately in the co-operative movement. The Co-op offers something different and special to its members and to its employees. As a Council member, I want to work towards the re-building of the Co-op Group into a strong organisation that provides services to its members in accordance with its values and principles. I am a family solicitor with thirty years’ experience. I live in Waltham Abbey, Essex.
Louise Walker (Senate member)
Partnership Support Officer
I represent the Members' Council on the Senate. My employment background is as a primary school teacher and a founder of a small business. I also worked in the voluntary sector, co-ordinated a project promoting credit unions and currently work in local government. The Members' Council needs to represent the interests of members and hard-working colleagues, as we are the eyes and ears of the business. Working together, we can ensure the Co-op's renewal and future success.
Engineering Manager (retired)
I am a Council member representing the East of England constituency. I live in Essex, close to the boundary with Greater London. I am a retired Engineering Manager and have worked predominantly in food-related industries. I have been a co-operator and an elected member of various boards and committees for almost thirty years. I believe that the Members' Council needs to be an effective bridge between members and the Board/Executive. Outside my involvement with the co-operative movement, my interests include history – local and social; travel; family and going for long walks.
Community Engagement Advisor (Council colleague member)
I am a third generation employee and have been a Co-op member for over twelve years. I feel extremely honoured and proud to represent our East of England members and colleagues. Being on the council allows me to help important voices be heard. It is up to us to uphold our values and principles whilst being the pioneers we were born to be. After all, it is #TheCoopWay.
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