Allan Leighton, Chair of The Co-operative Group

Allan LeightonAppointed as the first Independent Non-Executive Chair of Co-operative Group Limited on 19 February 2015.

Roles and responsibilities


Allan has held a series of high profile roles, including Chief Executive of Asda, from 1996 to 2000, Non-Executive Chairman of Royal Mail from 2002 to 2009 and President of Loblaw, the largest food retailer in Canada, from 2008 to 2011. Allan’s more recent roles include Chief Executive of Pandora A/S, the jewellery manufacturer and retailer, from which he is due to step down on 1st March 2015.

Why I wanted to work for The Co-op

“I grew up with this business, because my father ran the local Co-op, so I have a very real understanding of the importance of The Co-operative to local communities and a strong sense of what the Society stands for."

Chair Remuneration

Consistent with the Group policy of paying at the median, the Chair’s fee will be £250,000. Allan has instructed that this be passed to The Co-operative Foundation. The Co-operative Foundation is an independent charitable trust set up in 2000 to nurture and support young people in making a positive contribution in local communities. The Foundation's current grant making programme, Truth about Youth, aims to challenge and change negative perceptions about young people, by working with seven charities in cities around the UK.