Could you be a Co-op Member Nominated Director?

Applications for our 2023 Member Nominated Director Election are now open.

A better way of doing boardrooms

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

Each year, one or more MNDs are chosen by Co-op Members through an election process that concludes at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

For 2023, we have 1 vacancy. The results of our 2023 MND Election will be announced in May.

The role

MNDs bring the voices of Co-op Members to the boardroom. To do this, they:

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

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 current 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 MNDs 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. However, to be fully involved with the Co-op’s businesses and its Members’ Council, the time needed may be greater.

The Board currently meets 10 times a year. Board Members are expected to join the meeting in-person in Manchester, but there is an option to join remotely online from time to time.

The remuneration for this position (including Board Committees) is £60,000 a year.