08 February 2021

Barker to lead the business in achieving data driven value for members, customers and communities.

The Co-op has today (Monday 8th February) appointed Phil Barker as Head of Customer Experience (CX) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) as part of growth plans to its Data and Loyalty team, following the refresh of its Membership programme and launch of the Co-op app last year.

Barker joins from the BBC, where he was CRM lead, responsible for customer relationship strategy and digital engagement across all channels and services. He has a track record in helping multi-proposition organisations bring clarity and structure to customer experience across their portfolio, garnered from over 15 years’ in the sector.

The role will see Barker lead the business as it develops a new Data and Loyalty centre of excellence, bringing data, insight, membership, CRM and customer experience together to deliver more value to members, customers and communities.

Phil said: “I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join such a purpose led organisation at this exciting time. I’m looking forward to bringing my expertise to help develop their ambitious plans for membership and joined-up customer engagement across all channels and services.

“Co-op’s investment in data and tech, with a real commitment to the highest standards in customer experience, has really impressed me”.

“Customer experience is an incredibly exciting space to be in right now as more and more businesses recognise the value of data-driven engagements.”

Charlotte Lock, Director of Data and Loyalty at Co-op, said: “Championing communities through the Co-op customers and members that live in them is critical to our vision of Co-operating for a Fairer World. We can do that even more effectively by building meaningful relationships and rewarding experiences.

“We’re thrilled Phil is joining the team as his passion for insight and creativity really stood out coupled with a fantastic track record of leading teams to deliver rewarding customer journeys.”

The appointment follows the relaunch of the Co-op’s Membership offering and launch of its digital Membership app in 2020 to 4.3 million members. The greater use of digital insight enables tailored and meaningful offers, engagements and benefits for members, while doubling funds being given to community groups. To date, more than one million Co-op Members have downloaded Co-op’s digital Membership app, while two million members have selected a local cause to support through membership.


Notes to Editors For more information, please contact: Mark Carrington | mark.carrington@coop.co.uk | 07890 384 471

About Co-op: The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, legal services and health. It has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,600 food stores, over 1,000 funeral homes and it provides products to over 5,100 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited. It has more than 63,000 colleagues and an annual revenue of over £10 billion.