Independent society members

  • Steve Allsopp

    Steve Allsopp

    Midcounties Co-op Society


    I began my life as Co-operator in the early 70s with four years as a shelf stacker and Saturday boy in my local store in Swindon where I continue to live in to my 70s.This led in turn, in the early 80s, into support for my local CDA and membership of the Coop Party leading from the mid-80s into Board membership of the OS&G where I served as a Vice President and President. I served on the Board of Midcounties from its formation until 2012 and was re-elected in November 2015. I have a keen interest in Co-operative Development.

  • John Dalley

    John Dalley (Senate member)

    Scotmid Co-operative Society


    An Independent Society representative on the Members’ Council from Scotmid, where I am Society Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, giving me a depth of practical experience applying Co-operative Values and Principles. A chartered accountant by training, most of my career has been in retail and consumer goods. Using my co-op experience and retail sector business knowledge my aspiration is to help the Council to positively challenge and support the Board in the delivery of long-term, sustainable success for The Co-operative Group. I am married with two children and live in East Lothian and shop in the local Co-op store.

  • Elaine Dean

    Elaine Dean

    Co-operative Press


    I’m a lifelong co-operator and have been an elected member at Central England Society and its forbears for over 35 years. Currently I am the Vice President. I represent the Co-operative Press where I’ve been a director since 2008 and Chair since 2013. I’ve previously been a Co-operative College governor, Vice Chair of Supporters Direct and a member of the Group’s former Values and Principles Committee representing all the independent societies. It is imperative for the national movement that the Co-operative Group regains lost ground and is successful for us all to move forward.

  • Laura Dunne

    Laura Dunne

    Lincolnshire Co-operative Society


    Alongside my role on the Council, my day job is working as the Head of Marketing & Membership for Lincolnshire Co-op, which is an independent Society based in the East Midlands. When I’m not at work, I can generally be found running around after my husband and two young children and planning my next holiday! I hope that during my elected term on the Member Council that we successfully relaunch our membership scheme, and our members to carry their card with pride knowing that they own a share in one of the best and well-loved businesses in the UK.

  • Philip Hatwell

    Philip Hartwell

    East of England Co-operative Society


    I have been on the East of England Board since it was formed with three more years before our rules enforce a break. I am also a director of CUK and Harwich Connexions transport co-op. It was, however, 45 years ago that I first was on the Hinckley and Barwell Board: until I moved, started a family and became distracted! I try to look at Co-ops through the members eyes – what it means to them on a day to day basis; how does it affect them, their communities and their future, I see membership value and engagement as the core.

  • Mike Hastilow

    Mike Hastilow

    Southern Co-operative Society


    I am currently Chairman of The Southern Co-operative (TSC), its Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee and Pension Scheme Trustees . I am a member of the Institute of Directors. As Chairman I’m working with the Board and colleagues to ensure that TSC’s governance structure is fit for purpose as TSC grows in scale and complexity. I have also been instrumental in continued investment not only in bricks and mortar, but of our most valuable resources, our people. As a lifelong believer in Co-operative Values and Principles I hope to support the Members’ Council in re-establishing these in a challenging commercial competitive world.

  • David Paterson

    David Paterson

    Scotmid Co-operative Society


    My Co-operative beliefs in values and principles are influenced from importantly our Members, following on to its affiliated organisations. As someone steeped in the V&Ps of our Movement, has experience and understanding of the interpretation of core financial information required, having the availability to attend the meetings, I am proud to serve as a member on the Co-operative Group Council, to expand my knowledge and experience in such an organisation is motivating, my experience as a regional and Board member of Scotmid, hopefully gives me the credentials required to serve the Group within its new democratic structure.

  • Steve Hughes

    Steve Hughes

    Lincolnshire Co-operative Society


    My co-operative story starts in the 1960’s when I used to run to the local store for my parents. Before retiring I worked for Lincolnshire Co-op for 30 years as a pharmacist branch manager and became a director in 2007. I believe that the way to a better society is through co-operation and education, when not “Co-operating” I spend a lot of my time as a governor at a local infant school.

  • Nick Matthews

    Nick Matthews (Senate member)

    Heart of England Co-operative Society


    I am the current Chair of Co-operatives UK and a Director of the Heart of England Co-operative Society. I teach in the Coventry University Business School, including on co-operatives. I have a B.A.(Hons) in Social Science, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an M.A. in Third World Studies and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am an Independent Society member of the Council and Senate of the Co-operative Group. A member of too many co-ops to list, a member of the Co-op College and the Co-op Party, I am reviews editor of the UK Journal for Co-operative Studies.

  • Edward Parker

    Edward Parker

    Midcounties Co-operative Society


    Biography not available.

  • Bev Perkins

    Bev Perkins (Senate member)

    East of England Co-operative Society

    West Mersea

    Like you, I care deeply about The Co-operative and first joined the Transitional Council to review Governance. I also represent members on the East of England Co-operative Society Board. My voluntary experience spans 25 years and includes creating a community food festival and promoting volunteering and grassroots co-operation. As a director in multinational business, I realised that my passion was sustainable food. In 2007, I took a Masters degree in Sustainability and now work as a consultant on this issue. On the Council and Senate I focus on balancing business performance with Values and Principles to best serve Members interests.

  • Jim Plumley

    Jim Plumley

    Channel Islands Co-operative Society

    St Mary

    I started working for the Birkenhead and District Co-operative Society in 1977 as a trainee manager, over the next 21 years I work my way up through the Society holding several senior roles. In 1998 I was offered a position at the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, and now hold the position of Chief Commercial Officer. Having now spent 39 years working with the co-operative movement, you could say I am a true “Co-operator”. I was honoured when I was accepted to sit on the Members’ Council, after spending so much of my working life within the movement.

  • Peter Roffey

    Peter Roffey

    Channel Islands Co-operative Society

    St Andrew

    I’m a 57 year old Guernseyman who has been on the Board of Channel Islands Co-op for 23 years, including a 5 year stint as President. I drove “hippy busses” to/from/around India in the late 1970s. In 1982, at the age of 23, I became the youngest member of Guernsey’s parliament. From 1992 – 2,000 I was a broadcast journalist working first for the BBC then Channel Television. I then re-entered Guernsey politics and held both the Agriculture and Health portfolios. These days I am a smallholder and freelance writer. I am absolutely passionate about the concept of co-operation and mutual ownership.

  • Maria Lee

    Maria Lee

    Central England Co-operative Society


    Originally from London I have spent most of my life living in the Midlands. I have two daughters and a husband who is a past President of the Midlands co-operative Society. Most of my working life has been in Education, although most recently I worked for an international development charity. I have been involved with the co-operative movement all my life and in particular the Central England Co-operative. I have served as President for over two years and serve as an Independent Society Member on the Co-op Group Council. I enjoy reading, gentle walking and travel.

  • Jane Avery

    Central England Co-operative

    I have been a Member of my independent co-operative society since 1978 when it was the Derby and Burton Co-operative Society and my first job was as a Management Trainee. During the Induction week I heard a presentation from the Member Relations Officer and was hooked on the Co-op story: its history, radical business model and ethical values and principles resonated with me and I’ve spent most of the rest of my working life in the Co-op Movement.