Life-long co-operator – 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 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 (c 15 staff). Member of South Devon Area committee for 4 years. Regular charity volunteer. Member of Salvation Army. All Co-operative Group fees donated to charities.
Retired council worker, former Director, stocktaker, and Pension Fund Trustee of Plymouth Co-op. Graduate University Wales and Ruskin College in Oxford. Working member of Hope Credit Union, for 15 years. Society member since 1974 and very active in the old Plymouth Society. Member of the National Progressive Federation.
Retired (Ex Co-operative Employee)
I have been a committed Co-operative member since 1976 and a Plymouth society employee between the years 1969 – 2009 (now retired). Being born, raised and living in the South West all my life my focus and endeavours will be to ensure that the elected representatives are open and transparent and we do everything we can to engage our members in the business that we are proud of. My aspiration for the Council is that we work together to progress the ideals of the movement and regain the confidence of all the membership throughout the Country.
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 UH 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 thirty years. I have founded co-ops, sat on Boards of Directors for a number of co-ops, and recently I was elected to the National Members Council. I see my role on the council is to represent members who elected me. To be the voice of the local member at a national meetings. 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. Many thanks Michael
I am originally from Venezuela, where I trained as a journalist, on coming to this country I immediately became a member of the Co-op because I was attracted to the Values and Principles of this great movement. I was a member of the Kennet and Avon Area Committee and am proud to have been part of the great tradition of Bristol Co-operators who have fought for our Values and Principles, especially when our democracy has been under threat. I stood for the National Members Council to be a voice for members and to defend and improve Co-operative democracy.
A member since 1976 I shop regularly with Food, Insurance, E-Store, Co-operative Energy, Bank and PhoneCoop. Elected to Area Committee in 2009 I have represented on our regional and national committees and hold a Diploma of Co-operation. My role as a member of our National Members’ Council is to represent everyone including our employees 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, Bank and 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-operative to understand about the food chain from farmer to consumer. I stood for election to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Area Committee and soon 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-operative Group in the direction of running our businesses profitably and in our principled way.
Team Manager Coop (Co-operative Employee)
My name is Scott Allen and I have worked in the co-operative food store side of the business 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.
I grew up in Gloucestershire in a working class family, before moving to Cornwall twenty six 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 eighteen months and store Community Champion for nearly twelve months. My passion is to help my local community.
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 member’s interests.