New Year honour for The Co-operative’s crime partnership manager
The man responsible for helping co-ordinate Home Office and police initiatives to tackle business crime has been recognised for his public service in the New Year Honours.
Andy Pope, The Co-operative’s National Business Crime Partnership Manager, has been awarded an OBE.
Since joining The Co-operative, as area loss prevention manager in 2000, Andy has developed his role into a national one, and now works closely with the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), regional government and other retailers, to tackle all forms of business crime – from shoplifting and robberies to credit card fraud.
“I’m very proud to be awarded an OBE,” said Andy. “The honour reflects not just my work, but that of many people at The Co-operative, and beyond, who are working so hard to tackle the issues of business crime in all its forms.
“Over the years The Co-operative has done a lot of work, both on its own and in conjunction with partner organisations such as the Home Office, ACPO, the police service and the British Retail Consortium, to fight business crime and to ease its impact on those affected. It’s a great boost to have that work recognised in this way.”
Among Andy’s key achievements have been playing a major role in developing the Home Office’s Business Crime Strategy, advising ACPO on business crime issues, and encouraging and facilitating closer working relationships between more than 250 local Business Crime Reduction Partnerships across the UK. Andy is also a magistrate in Cheshire.
Forty-two-year-old Andy, who lives in Hartford, Cheshire, with his wife Janet and twin sons Daniel and Joseph, aged 11, learned of his nomination for the honour in a letter from the Cabinet Office in mid November, but had to keep it secret until the honours list was published on New Year’s Eve.
“I replied to say I’d accept the honour, but then you don’t hear anything until the list is actually published, so I had to hope they’d received my acceptance letter. It’s a relief now to be able to talk to people about it.”
Andy will collect his award, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, later this year.