The Co-operative College has named the interim trustees who will play a key role next year in implementing its new structure, as it becomes an independent college and a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
They are Nigel Todd, John Chillcott, Roger Myddleton, Prof Hazen Johnson, Trisha Jaffe, Prof Anthony Webster and Craig Lumsden.
Nick Matthews, chair of Co-operatives UK, which is the current sole corporate trustee, said: “I am delighted to have such a high-calibre team to take the College forward. Between them they bring expertise in the adult, further, higher education and charity sectors together with strategic and financial skills gained in co-operative organisations.”
He added that the College had been affected by the “ripples arising from the Co-operative Group crisis”. He said: “As the College works toward its centenary, the new trustees face the challenge of building a new Co-operative College that meets the needs of an ever more diverse co-operative sector. It’s a great team to get the new governance structure working.”
Paul Sommerfeld, current chair of the board of governors, said the quality of the trustees were a sign of “the strength, diversity and relevance of the College’s work to all sectors of co-operation and education”.
He added: “We are confident that together the interim board members have the skills to take the College forward and meet the challenges ahead as it moves towards a co-operative governance structure”.
The interim trustees are:
Nigel Todd is vice chair of the College’s board of governors and chair of its quality and standards committee. He has worked in the charity sector and further education, and is a former chief executive of an open college network and a regional director of the Workers’ Educational Association.
John Chilcott has been the chief executive of Anglia Regional Co-operative from 2007, until its transfer to Central England Co-operative. He also has experience in working with universities in the east of England on bursaries and modules for co-operative education.
Roger Mydleton has been senior finance director of various independent retail co-operatives. An FCCA-qualified finance professional, he has been part of the senior executive team at Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society and has also been involved in the former Chesterfield Co-operative Society.
Prof Hazel Johnson is currently teaching development policy and practice at the Open University. With 34 years’ experience in higher education, she has a strong interest in co-ops, having been involved in collaborative research, publications and doctoral supervision undertaken in partnership with the College.
Trisha Jaffe is Principal of Corelli College, London’s first co-operative academy, and has been a head teacher for 18 years. As accredited schools’ inspector, she serves on the board of the Schools Co-operative Society and is a member of the Co-operative Party.
Prof Anthony Webster, who teaches history at Northumbria University, is a governor of the College and chair the Co-operative Heritage trust Archive Committee. With extensive experience in teaching and researching co-operation, he is a co-author of Building Co-operation, a book about the business history of the Co-operative Group.
Craig Lumsden is head of operations at the Phone Co-op, having worked in the co-operative sector for over 10 years. With a strong interest in co-operative education, he has completed an MA in management co-operatives and credit unions.