Former Nisa boss Neil Turton takes up senior role at Co-operatives UK

The former chief executive of mutual grocery network Nisa, Neil Turton, has been appointed chief operating officer of Co-operatives UK. Mr Turton joins the apex body for UK...

The former chief executive of mutual grocery network Nisa, Neil Turton, has been appointed chief operating officer of Co-operatives UK.

Mr Turton joins the apex body for UK co-ops from March in a new position leading its operations and business development, and will work closely with secretary general Ed Mayo.

At Nisa, he worked in a range of senior roles over 23 years and was chief executive from 2007 to 2015. As a mutual owned by the 1,000 independent and often family-run stores it supplies, Nisa is a significant part of the convenience store sector.

During his time as CEO, Mr Turton led the revamp of Nisa’s own-label products, introduced new store formats, preserved Nisa’s mutual business model through several challenges it faced and successfully grew the business’s turnover from £989m to £1.6bn.

Of his new role, he said: “The co-operative sector is diverse, with major brands like the Co-op and Arla sitting alongside local community-owned pubs and football clubs.

“I know well, from my years at Nisa, the immense benefits that co-operative businesses large and small can bring to their members, and the chance to strengthen and grow the co-operative economy is one I look forward to with relish and enthusiasm.”

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Welcoming the appointment, Mr Mayo said: “We are delighted to have recruited someone of Neil’s calibre.

“Not only will he bring operational know-how and commercial acumen, but his experience in the retail sector and leading a large mutual business make him the perfect candidate for this senior role.

“Neil’s addition will help us make an even bigger impact in supporting and advocating for co-ops across the country.”

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