I live in Brighton and work at a local sixth form college. I have been actively involved with the Co-op over a number of years. I am also a director of a local, not-for profit community development trust, as well as serving as a staff governor at my college. As a Council Member, I believe application of our co-operative values and principles can deliver a financially successful commercial organisation, which is ethical and sustainable – both as a business and as a co-operative.
Paul A Newman
Having been a Co-op customer and member since my student days, my loyalty has been unwavering. I have experience in public sector management; leadership in community organisations and participation in local community and environmental groups. I am a Co-op Party member based in Winchester.
I am privileged to have been involved with the Co-op for many years, always championing co-operative values and principles. I have been a local councillor and am currently involved in the development of Adur Co-operative Local Forum, where I am committed to improving links between the stores and the community to develop member participation.
I want to see a commercially viable Co-op that is valued for its ethical trading and is an organisation that members can be proud of.
Retired Economics and Business Lecturer; now Cycle Trainer. Involved with the Co-op for over 30 years and have always worked for good member and colleagues relationships, based on mutual respect. Naturally, the Council must hold the Board to account for the necessary commercial success. Council must also require success in co-operative aims: long-term restoration of member economic benefits, significant membership involvement and the upholding of co-operative values and principles.
Steve Fairfax (Council Colleague Member)
I live in Folkestone, Kent. I am currently an LGV driver at our West Thurrock Depot. Previously, I was a store manager for 10 years. I also sit as the chair of a charity trust, which I have held for 10 years and am pleased and proud of the work we do with young people. As a Council Member, it's my role to hold the Board to account and make sure our values and principles are alive in our business.
Tricia Davies (Senate)
I live in Thatcham, Berks. I shop in my local Co-op almost every day and have done for the last 30 years. I am married and Mum to four sons and have a little granddaughter. I also run a book keeping and accountancy business. I hope to see thriving local member forums and vibrant member activity be the key to the success of the Co-op as a membership organisation. In turn, this will hopefully provide an opportunity for increased trade and recognition for the business.
I live in Bicester and have been a member of the co-operative movement for many years. Now retired, I spent my entire career in the IT industry. I have a BA and an MBA from the Open University. I am a community governor of a local primary school and I was a Games Maker at London 2012. I believe that the co-operative movement is an essential part of the fabric of the UK. As a Council Member, it is my responsibility to ensure that co-operative values and principles are at the centre of the Co-op and its activities.
My introduction to the co-operative movement was through the Woodcraft Folk. I have been a Co-op member since 1963, and have been active in the democratic structures of the Co-op ever since.
My working life includes local government (personnel), and General Secretary of the Woodcraft Folk, promoting co-operative values and internationalism.
My areas of expertise/ special interest are encouraging participation by young people, diversity issues, ethical sourcing/Fairtrade and environmental issues.
Debbie Williams (Council Colleague Member)
Hi, I'm Debbie. I'm from Chandlers Ford in Hampshire and I love our community. I've been a Guide Leader for 5 years. It's amazing watching girls grow in confidence as they tackle activities they thought they couldn't achieve. I chair the executive committee for my son's Scouts group and am chair of governors at our local school.
I believe that we can make a difference, big or small, in our communities and enjoy doing this, too, on behalf of the Co-op. I have worked as a store manager for 20 years now and feel that the Co-op's values align closely with my own. I want to help the Co-op do great things in their communities and am really happy to be serving on the Members' Council.
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