The reason I stood for the Members' Council is to do my bit to help rebuild our iconic brand, and reputation as a lifelong supporter of the Co-op I was horrified at what happened a few years ago. I want us back in our High Streets competing with the best with a strong membership base. Retired fulltime Trade Union official. Chair/Trustee of a charity for International Development. Have undertaken extensive public work in NHS, local Govt. Former Chair Ealing Social Services Committee. Freeman of Ealing. Previous experience sitting on successful not-for-profit Boards.
Co-op food store Manager in East London therefore doubly interested in the success of the Group. Particularly keen for colleagues to engage more with the membership side of the Group and for the Group to cascade our Values and Principles and heritage down to the colleagues more effectively. I certainly think we miss a trick by not enthusing colleagues to be advocates for Co-operation and even more so by not promoting our Values and Principles as aggressively as we promote our brand. A way from the co-op, I read thrillers and support Spurs, both stretch the imagination at times.
Dan Crowe (Senate member)
I have been a co-operator since Woodcraft Folk. I trade regularly with the Co-op across our businesses and work to promote our values and principles in my personal and professional life. With a background in policy, research, communications and project management I am trying to use my skills and experience to promote greater opportunities for member involvement in the Co-op. I am particularly keen for the Council to champion innovative and accessible member education and training that promotes the Co-op difference and to support local co-operative, self-help and mutual aid initiatives in the communities where we trade.
As a National Membership Council member I want us to make sure that the rebuild of our Co-op gives members a meaningful say at the heart of their business. That means working hard to engage, support and value our members, staff and customers and put the Co-op back at the heart of communities across London. I grew up in Ireland and now live in Shepherds Bush. I previously worked for charities that support and develop the skills of young people and am currently Membership Officer of the Co-operative Party, which campaigns for a more co-operative way of doing politics.