Nominations are now open for Co-operatives UK’s Board of Directors.
Members of the Board are drawn from different constituencies of members and sectors in order to represent co-operatives in the UK and give a balance of experience and knowledge.
Directors are elected by members on a rolling three year cycle and all directors are subject to a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms.
One place on the Board is available for each of the following categories:
- Co-operative Development Bodies
- Federation Members
- Non-retail consumer co-operatives.
Candidates must be members of the organisation nominating them and they must also hold a position in the organisation senior enough to be deemed that of a director.
Successful candidates are expected to attend Board meetings six times a year and contribute further voluntary effort, from reading papers and reports to representing Co-operatives UK at events such as the annual conference.
A position on the Board is representative in nature, and directors take the lead in strategic thinking and focus of the organisation. Directors should be able to offer professional expertise in their relevant areas resulting from their experience.
As well as the Board of Directors, there are also positions available on the Worker Co-operative Council, the representative body for worker co-op members of Co-operatives UK.
The Worker Co-op Council acts as a sounding board for issues affecting the sector, as well as nominating two of its members to the main Board of Directors. There are seven places elected every two years, and members meet four times a year.
The deadline for nominations is 15 April, before a ballot paper is issued on 25 April and the elections are closed on 6 June.
- You can find guidance and information about the positions, including nomination papers, here.