Dame Pauline said: “I will be 60 at the end of the year and I have always intended to retire when I reached that milestone. The Board and I agreed that it made sense for me to finish after Co-operative Congress 2009, which is, to all intents and purposes, the end of our co-operative year.
“My focus until that time will, of course, be on the continued effective management of Co-operatives UK. However, I will also be working closely with the Board to find a suitable successor and doing my utmost to ensure a smooth handover next year.
“I would like to thank the Chair and directors of Co-operatives UK, my colleagues and our members for all their support over the last nine years or so. It has been a very rewarding time for me.”
Ben Reid, Chair of Co-operatives UK, commented: “We will be sorry to see Pauline go. She has played a vital role at a time of tremendous change – not only at Co-operatives UK, but within the Movement as a whole. Pauline has achieved a huge amount and her vision, focus and energy will be missed.”
Co-operatives 2009 – Co-operative Congress and Education Forum – takes place in Old Windsor, Berkshire from 26 – 28 June.