Nick Crofts, The Co-op Member Council President, shares his thoughts,

“At our July Council meeting we were delighted to see the next steps of the launch of the new membership benefits take place.  Council and colleague members have been sent their new look membership cards and over the next few weeks will help test out the new membership benefits announced at our AGM –  5% for you  and 1% for the community when you buy own brand products. The benefits will launch to our wider membership this autumn – something good to look forward to.

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We were also joined by members of our Board to the meeting including our newly elected Member Nominated Director Margaret Casely-Hayford. We are grateful for the insight MNDs bring to our meetings allowing themselves to be held, quite rigorously at times to account.

Your new Senate

We also completed the elections for our Senate.  The successful candidates are:

John Hughes

Susan Wilson

Lesley Reznicek

They will join

Marc Bicknell, Dan Crowe, John Dalley, Tricia Davies, Nick Matthews, Frank Nelson, Tanya Noon, Bev Perkins, Martin Rogers, Louise Walker and myself.

I would like to thank Gavin Ewing, Nicolette Ester, Sue Smith and Jenny de Villiers who served on the Senate last year and provided a valuable contribution to making the member voice heard in our business and they continue their good work as members of the Council.

In addition I’d like to thank Marc Bicknell for his service to the Council as one of our Vice Presidents. Marc is a very talented co-operator and I’m glad he will continue to serve on the Senate.

Bev Perkins, the newly elected Vice President, will make a great addition to the Council leadership team.

Progress on Rebuild

Pippa Wicks our Chief Operating Officer joined us along with Rachel Woodman our Director of Transformation gave us an update on the progress we making as we pass the half-way point in our Rebuild Programme. The following shows the legacy issues we have successfully tackled and how we are now starting to deliver against our purpose.

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They updated us on the progress of the brand and this is our status as at the end of June.

I would like to thank Pippa and Rachel for their time and also for a great Q&A session afterwards – a good demonstration of our Council holding the business to account.

The Referendum

As a business we have called on the Government to give EU nationals certainty about their status after the UK exits Europe – our Chief Executive Richard Pennycook quizzed the Chancellor on the matter. He has also written an open letter to other Co-ops in Europe to encourage them to make similar calls on their respective Governments to make sure people are not used as bargaining chips in future negotiations.”

Nick Crofts

President, Co-op National Members Council

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