THE Co-operative Group's Director of Corporate Affairs, Wendy Wrigley, has left the Group after a 28-year career with the society.
A statement issued by the Group said that, following a review of structure and responsibilities across the corporate centre, the position of Director of Corporate Affairs had been declared redundant and added that Ms Wrigley had left the business on Christmas Eve.
A Co-op Group spokesman told the News: "As a champion of consumer rights, Wendy was instrumental in generating the responsible retailer proposition and the wider promotion of the Co-op's ethical position.
"More recently as Director of Corporate Affairs, Wendy has led the initial work on the creation of a brand proposition for the future of the UK Co-operative Movement."
Co-op Group Chief Executive Martin Beaumont commented: "Wendy has made a significant contribution to the Group and to the wider Co-operative Movement, not least in piloting the redevelopment of the Co-op brand. We thank her for her dedication and wish her well for the future."
Said Wendy Wrigley: "I have enjoyed my career at the Co-op immensley. It is especially pleasing to see how many of the responsible retailing initiatives we have campaigned for ? particularly in the nutrition and health area ? are now coming to the fore as government and industry are at last beginning to recognise the consumer's right to know."