David Stanbury (Senate member)
Lifelong co-operator – Co-op member since age 18. Working class background. Educated at state schools and Oxford University (MA). 8 years a County Councillor, in both Staffordshire (youngest member) and Devon, where I was the Chair of 36 member SDP/Liberal Alliance group. SDP parliamentary candidate twice. Former magistrate in Plymouth. Former Stafford and Stone Co-operative Society Director. Extensive business experience. Worked for multi-nationals and for last 21 years before retirement ran a successful not-for-profit trust (c15 staff). Regular charity volunteer. Member of Salvation Army. Members' Council pay donated to charities.
Retired council worker, former director, stocktaker, and pension fund trustee of Plymouth Co-op. Graduate of the University of Wales and Ruskin College in Oxford. Working member of Hope Credit Union for 15 years. Co-op member since 1974 and very active in the old Plymouth Society. Member of the National Progressive Federation.
Carer/ County Councillor
I have a work history in project management, archiving and the environmental movement. I moved to Bristol from Durham in 1974, where I have continued to live with my family. Until recently, I was a Labour & Co-operative Party councillor in Bristol and am currently a Governor at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust.
After graduating in Fine Art, I went on to complete a Masters’ Degree in European Business Administration. I also studied social policy at post-graduate level, specialising in equalities. I describe myself as a feminist, socialist and co-operator; a campaigner for social justice, the environment, human rights, and the Trade Union and European movement. I enjoy travel and languages.
Early Years Practitioner / Finance Manager
I have been involved with co-ops for over 30 years. I have founded co-ops, sat on boards of directors for a number of co-ops, and have been elected to the Members' Council for the Co-op. I see my role on the Council as representing members who elected me and being the voice of the local member at our meetings. I want to push for the Co-op to become a truly inspirational place to shop and work. I report back to members on my activities on my blog, which can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please get in touch.
I am originally from Venezuela, where I trained as a journalist. On coming to the UK, I immediately became a member of the Co-op because I was attracted to the values and principles of this great movement. I am proud to have been part of the great tradition of Bristol co-operators who have fought for our way of doing business, especially when our democracy has been under threat. I stood for the Members' Council to be a voice for members and to defend and improve co-operative democracy.
A member since 1976, I am a customer of Co-op Food, Co-op Insurance, Co-op E-Store, Co-operative Energy, and the Phone Co-op. I also hold a Diploma of Co-operation. My role as a member of our Members’ Council is to represent everyone, including our colleagues, who engage daily with our members.
Community is key to our principles and I am fully involved in Wiltshire - working with Co-op Food, Funeralcare, and supporting Fairtrade. Together, we are contributing to a successful future for the Co-op and our members.
I am a sheep farmer and became involved with the Co-op to understand about the food chain from farmer to consumer.
During my time with the Co-op, I've learnt of the advantages of co-operatively-run businesses to owner-members and colleagues and met many committed and friendly people. Changing our democratic structure to a national one gives me confidence that we will be able to put members’ views forward more effectively and to help steer the Co-op in the direction of running our businesses profitably and in our principled way.
Scott Allen (Council colleague member)
My name is Scott Allen and I have worked for Co-op Food for the last 17 years. I am very passionate about our Society and see how decisions impact both customers & colleagues on a daily basis. I feel colleagues voices are often ignored and intend to continue putting our point across.
Sandra Mitchell (Council colleague member)
I grew up in Gloucestershire in a working class family, before moving to Cornwall 26 years ago. I am married with six children and six grandchildren and hold very strong family values.
I have worked for my local Co-op for almost eleven years, currently running the in-store bakery. I have been an USDAW representative for 18 months and store Community Champion for nearly 12 months. My passion is to help my local community.
Geoffrey Wood (Council colleague member)
My name is Geoffrey Wood. I am 36 years old and live in South Devon. I'm originally from North Yorkshire and moved to Devon 4 years ago with my wife Sarah and our two children, Nathaniel and Sapphire.
I have worked for the Co-op for 13 years and began my journey in retail at 15, straight from school. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to represent our members' interests.
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