CO-OPERATION has reached a new height after the Radstock Co-op appointed the Raunds Society's Chief Executive in the same position under a sharing venture.
At nearly 150 miles between the two societies Keith Tindall will head both co-op's saying this is an "example of the principle of co-operation between co-operatives in action".
In August last year Radstock's former Chief Executive Robert Slade left the society following "disagreements" over future strategies. After Mr Slade's departure neighbouring society Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Co-op helped the organisation with its future direction.
A support management team was formed by OSG for the small Somerset society, which was headed by Stuart Yeandel. Mr Yeandel is set to transfer back to OSG following the appointment of Mike Hazelton as Radstock's Retail General Manager.
Mr Hazelton, who will report to Mr Tindall, was part of the OSG team that helped Radstock to improve performance and its long-term strategy.
The society said that Mr Hazelton's appointment was part of its on-going policy to invest in highly experienced convenience retailers who have achieved success in this sector.
During his career he has worked for a number of retailers including Keymarkets, Bristol United Press and Minute UK. He has a thorough knowledge of the local trading environment and his particular strength is developing people.
A joint statement from Raunds and Radstock said: "With both societies looking forward to the mutual benefits that will flow from these two financially sound community based co-operative societies. There are many similarities between the two societies, for as well as trading in food and non-food stores both have farms."
Mr Tindall started his career at the Kent Society and following a period of study at the Co-operative College moved to the Coventry and District Society where he rose to the position of Chief Executive. He is a qualified Chartered Secretary.
After several years as a business Consultant he became Chief Executive of Northants-based Raunds Co-operative Society in May 2000. He will continue in this position operating as the independent CEO of both the Radstock and Raunds societies.