As a founding member of the Members’ Council from May 2015, I am excited to be at the centre of the organisation, representing members in the North-West. My co-operative experience has been invaluable in further developing my understanding of how things tick and the vital importance of values, principles and other Co-op aims and ambitions. I enjoy being a Member Pioneer for Lancaster and Morecambe, having led several local forums so far and co-ordinating charity fund-raising events with the support of store managers and colleagues.
Frank Nelson (Senate)
I worked for The Co-operative Bank for 33 years, leaving when made redundant and retired happily in December, 2007. I was a Co-op Board member in 2014/15 and Co-operative Bank/Group Pension Fund Trustee for over 20 years until 2012. My wife and I shop regularly at our local Co-op Food stores and I hold a Funeralcare Bond. I want the Members' Council to be the authentic voice for all members!
I’m a lifelong co-operator and deeply passionate about the movement. I worked for the Co-op for 16 years and continue to work with co-operatives, credit unions and charities in a freelance capacity. My commitment to the values and principles is absolute, and I relish the opportunity to truly help them shine whilst playing an active role in rebuilding the Co-op to its full potential.
Regulatory Reporting Analyst
I have previously served as a trustee for the British Youth Council that runs the UK Youth Parliament programme, as a trustee for my students’ union whilst at university, and a local authority representative on the management committee of a short-stay school in Lancaster. For me, a strong community is one in which its residents go to work, shop and stand together. I’m involved with the Co-op as through our businesses, we unite people and help build a stronger community for all. I want to see a Council that isn’t afraid to fight for ordinary members.
Nick Crofts (President and Senate)
I'm very passionate about the Co-op. I previously chaired the Board of Venture Housing Association during their recent amalgamation with a Merseyside Registered Provider, and now serve on the board of another Liverpool housing association. I am a Labour & Co-operative Councillor in Liverpool, and served four years as a member of the Co-op Party’s National Executive. I also sit on the board of the trading arm of a Merseyside foodbank and renewable energy co-op.
As a recently elected Council Member, I’m new to the Co-op. Although, having shopped with them for over 20 years, I feel that my local Bromley Cross store belongs to me. Of course, as a member, it actually does! That’s what’s so unique about our Co-op and what excites me when I think about the potential for the wider communication of that message. A graduate of Keele University, I have worked in strategic planning and marketing for the Tootal Group, organised a reading charity, been a primary teacher for 12 years and now own and run a healthy vending business for schools and colleges.
Rebecca Hamilton (Council Colleague Member)
I have been a Co-op employee and member for over 16 years. I am a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant, working for the Co-op's Internal Audit department. From my work in Internal Audit, I have gained an overview of all the Co-op's business activities, products and services and their commercial impact within the retail sector. I am an active part of the Co-op Credit Union - as a member, director and Chair of its Credit Committee. I firmly believe in Co-op values and principles and am committed to adding value to the Members’ Council.
Originally from Accrington, I now live on the Wirral, and am the General Manager of Macclesfield Town Football Club - so I see a lot of the North West over the course of a week. I am a great believer in the Co-op way of doing things - life is just so much better when we all work together.
Having been recently elected to the Members' Council, I am looking forward to working with other Council Members and Co-op colleagues to help to play a small part in making a brilliant organisation even more amazing.
Debbie Sheen (Council Colleague Member)
Insurance Product Consultant
I am 49 years old and I live with my husband Steve, our two sons, Marcus and Harvey and our dog Jessie. I work for Co-op Insurance as a Product Consultant, making sure our products are right for our members and customers. I enjoy family walks with a nice pub lunch at the end. Like most members of the Co-op, I value the part it plays in local communities.
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