Apply to be a Member Nominated Director

Applications for our 2019 member nominated director elections are now closed.

There are four member nominated directors (MNDs) on the Co-op Board.

Each year, one or more MNDs are elected by Co-op members through an election process that concludes at our annual general meeting (AGM).

For 2019, we had two vacancies. The deadline for submitting nominations was midday on Monday 17 December, 2018.

Nominations will open again in November, 2019.

The role

MNDs bring the voice of ordinary members to the boardroom, they:

  • help set the business strategy
  • oversee commercial and financial performance
  • ensure co-operative values and principles remain at the heart of our Co-op.
  • meet and listen to the views of members and the Co-op’s Members’ Council.
  • at the same as carrying out their fiduciary duties, they amplify our co-operative difference.

Who can apply

Candidates need to meet both the eligibility and membership criteria.

The eligibility requirements are linked to skills, experience and empathy with co-operative values and principles.

The membership criteria includes:

  • having been a Co-op member for at least three years prior to submitting a nomination.
  • accruing at least 1,000 trading points in the financial year

In exceptional circumstances, the membership criteria may be waived.

Candidates need:

  • an accomplished track record at an equivalent level in a substantial organisation.
  • awareness of the strategic and operational challenges of a business of the size and complexity of our Co-op.
  • to demonstrate an understanding of the needs of a business of the scale and complexity of our Co-op.
  • integrity, independence and empathy with our values and principles, which can be evidenced in actions and behaviours.
  • the ability to contribute, at board level, on a range of commercial and financial issues.
  • to be able to develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with our Members’ Council.
  • experience of risk management and strategic engagement
  • a commitment to best-in-class governance and oversight

Time commitment

Our member nominated directors play an active role as part of our Board and in engaging with our Members’ Council; the time commitment for this role is 3-4 days a month.

The Board meets monthly in Manchester, with occasional meetings at business locations.

The remuneration is commensurate with the roles and responsibilities.

The term of office is three years from the date of election.

2019 applicants

If you’re shortlisted, in order to meet regulatory requirements, you’ll need to provide further information for background screening checks. Any appointment is subject to approval by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority.