By way of introduction, I have considerable experience in the co-operative movement, having been involved for over 20 years and starting through Woodcraft Folk. My primary job role is as a Manager for Marie Curie. As your representative on the Members' Council, I consider myself your ‘eyes and ears’ on all business matters and ‘your voice’ when you have concerns that need addressing. The strength of the Society comes from its active membership base and my aim for the Council is to be the anchor from grassroots to the Board.
Danny Veltman (Council colleague member)
Customer Team Member
As the most northern Council colleague member on the Members' Council and an employee in the Stonehaven Co-op Food store, I put myself forward to be elected, as I care about this organisation and I am passionate about the concept of Fairtrade. During my university days, I did a dissertation on this concept and got a 1st for my work. Every day, while volunteering, I put into practice some of the co-operative values and principles, such as 'Concern for the Community' and 'Caring for Others'-making me a credible person to be representing you all on the Council.
I have been involved in the Co-op for a number of years. I have been a member of Council since May, 2015 and serve on the Scrutiny and Governance Committees. My background is in IT, latterly in project management, and I also have extensive teaching experience. Council strives to hold the Board to account and represent the Co-op membership - a lot of progress has been made but it's important that Council changes and develops as lessons are learned.
My home is in Campbeltown on the beautiful Mull of Kintyre. Married to a teacher, we have three sons, now in their twenties. My big passion in life is football, and Hibernian FC in particular. I have been involved in customer service all my career, firstly in insurance and latterly in travel & tourism. I came on to Council unsure if a 100 'strong' body will work. I remain to be convinced, though the 'Task & Finish' groups do give me hope, as does the breadth of talent and commitment that exists within it.
Retired School Teacher
I am fortunate and privileged to be an elected member on the Council. I have extensive experience within the Co-op's membership bodies, past and present. I hold the Certificate in Co-operation, the Diploma in Co-operation and the Board Development Centre Certificate. I am well-equipped to represent the views of membership and act on their behalf. It is my belief active membership is the lifeblood of the Co-op and elected representatives have an expectation to make sure members are heard and acknowledged.
As the Council’s northern-most member, living 30 miles north of Aberdeen and with years of co-operative experience, my wish was for my local stores to be more sustainable. The Co-op’s ethical stance, stand on E-numbers, its clear labelling policy, salt and sugar-free canned foods, and Fairtrade goods attracted me.
Having shared responsibility for rebuilding governance after the Co-op Bank crisis, and grateful for learnings and opportunities being an elected member gave me, I wish to see member representation firmly embedded again. This is so future generations of members can ‘have their say’ and help make our Co-op a national treasure once more.
Struan Ferguson (Council colleague member and Senate member)
I have been involved in the Co-op for many years and helped to form what we now know as the Members' Council as part of sub-groups. I am currently the manager of a Co-op Food store in Rosyth, Fife. I hope that the Council can be a more modern democracy and challenge the Board on decisions that affect members and colleagues, promoting a better and fairer way of doing business.
Director of Linking Education and Disability in Scotland
I am a qualified teacher and have taught both children and adults. I am also a Trustee for the Co-operative College.
I appreciate the Co-op's emphasis on equal opportunities and will endeavour to uphold the Co-op's values and principles in the other community groups I am involved with, such as the Fairtrade Steering Group for North Ayrshire and the Social Work Complaints Committee.
Grantown on Spey
I live in the Scottish Highlands and have been part of the Co-op for over 20 years. I was also part of the Member Learner User Group, a Trustee of the Co-operative Foundation and most recently, a local Member Pioneer. Now retired, I was a specialist teacher, a member of the Scottish Forum for Special Education, President of the Scottish Support for Learning Association and a Trustee of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies.
I live in the Scottish Borders and have a background in working for the Co-op in membership in Scotland and the North of England, latterly as Regional Co-operative Membership Manager in North Region. I now work in a workers’ co-operative, undertaking socio-economic research at a local, national, and international level.
In 2017, I was elected as Trustee to the Co-operative College Board, representing the college's members. I also attend the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Co-operatives, representing the college, and am a member of Co-operative Energy.
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