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Our members elect representatives to the National Members’ Council to ensure their voice and interests are heard at the highest levels in our business. As a Council, we meet at least 6 times a year, to discuss our Co-op’s progress and raise questions, praise and concerns from members from across the country to business leaders.
Our latest meeting was held on Saturday 7 April in Manchester and here’s what was discussed.
(Transcript) Adrienne Lowe: My name is Adrienne Lowe and I’m a member of the National Members’ Council.
Sam Hale: I’m Sam Hale and I’m a member the National Members’ Council, we’ve been meeting today here in Manchester.
Adrienne Lowe: Today we’ve been meeting to discuss a whole range of things from talking to the Board about current issues, discussing what’s going to be happening in the future in terms of member participation, looking at motions for the AGM.
Sam Hale: The main part of today’s meeting was the Annual Results. So we heard from Allan Leighton, the Chairman and the Board and also Ian Ellis, who’s our Chief Finance Officer, looking at the individual performance of each business and we had a little bit of insight in the future direction of the businesses.
Adrienne Lowe: The two key AGM motions that that I focused in on today were firstly on responsible advertising and secondly on recycling plastics and the environmental issues. Very topical at the moment and it’s looking at where we can reduce plastics at source and where we have to use them, how we can use recycled plastics or recycle the plastics that we’re using. So that particular motion holds a lot of resonance with myself.
Sam Hale: Part of today’s meeting was listening to the Member Participation team. One of the most interesting things they’ve been up to is getting members involved in the development of a new product and this product was travel insurance. We heard from a couple of members, how they’d been engaged right from day one and it was great to see that product develop, just from it early ideas from our members. It’s a great product and you can tell that it’s had members involved right from day one because it’s Co-op through and through.
Adrienne Lowe and Sam Hale
Members of the National Members Council