Nominations still open for Group Members’ Council

The Co-operative Group is looking for members to join its council, to help hold its board to account. The council, which meets throughout the year at the Group’s...

The Co-operative Group is looking for members to join its council, to help hold its board to account.

The council, which meets throughout the year at the Group’s 1 Angel Square headquarters in Manchester, exists to “uphold our values and principles,” says the Group, adding that joining the council will give members “an opportunity to help shape our future, work with other leading co-operators, play a key role in our governance and be a proud ambassador for our businesses”.

A transitional members’ council was formed in 2014, following recommendations by Lord Myners in his report into governance at the Group.

The first full council elections took place last year, with 93 members elected for one, two or three-year terms, to stagger council turnover. A further seven members were co-opted to address diversity issues.

“The national members council is made up of elected members from every nation and region in the UK, and it’s the council’s primary responsibility to ensure that our society is run in proper alignment with our values and principles,” said council secretary, Nick Crofts.

“Our members are the owners of our business, and it’s hugely important that their voice is heard at every level.”

For the 2016 elections, 24 seats are available for a three-year term of office, across all constituencies except the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. Nominations are open until 19 February, with elections conducted by ballot in advance of the Group’s annual general meeting on 21 May.

To stand for election to the Council, nominees need to have been a Group member since at least 5 January 2013 and accrued at least 1,000 membership points between 4 January 2015 – 2 January 2016, 500 of which must have been earned through spend in a wholly-owned business of the Group. The application also includes a short online test so that candidates can demonstrate their knowledge on the Co-operative Group.

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