Under our new Governance rules, the Transitional Council are now in place until May, 2015.
The Transitional Council represents members and acts as guardian of the Group’s Purpose, Values and Principles and the Society’s Constitution, with the power to hold the Group Board to account.
Comprising of all previous Group Board members (excluding those sitting on the Transitional Board), all Regional Board members and the seven Regional V&P Committee Chairs. Incidentally, employees will be represented on the Transitional Council by virtue of those employees who are currently Regional Board members or Regional V&P Committee Chairs). Council elections will be held before May 2015.
Key responsibilities The Transitional Council will design the size, composition, Eligibility Criteria and Membership Criteria applicable to the Council, the process for election to the Council and will draw up regulations to govern these matters. An important function of the Council is to report to Members on a number of aspects of the various roles performed by the Council, including:
- How the Board and Nominations Committee have upheld co-operative values and principles
- Require the Board to explain the situations where it has not followed Council recommendations
- Provide an account of the Council’s performance during the year.
Below are the names of The Council members in your region, click on the + buttons to view.
*Also a member of The Senate
Under our new Governance rules, the Transitional Board are now in place until May, 2015.
The Transitional Board is the body legally responsible for the directing the Group and tasking Executive Management with achieving its strategic aims.
Comprising of 10 seats, i.e. the Group Chair, the Chairs of four current Subsidiary Boards and Board Committees, 1 of the 4 existing Independent Non-Executive Professional Directors, 2 other members of the previous Group Board and the Group Chief Executive. (Transitional Directors will leave the Transitional Board as their replacements are appointed). The search for a new Group Chair and Independent Non-Executive Directors has begun.
- To determine a strategy for the Group, consistent with the Purpose and the Values and Principles and meeting the needs of its Members
- Oversee the business of the Group in accordance with the strategy
- Motivate and retain an Executive qualified to deliver the strategy
- Hold the Executive to account in the performance of its duties, taking into account the views of the Council
- Oversee a risk and internal audit framework designed to provide adequate assurance as to the protection of the Group’s assets
- The health, safety and welfare of customers, Members and staff; compliance with all relevant laws and regulations and the maintenance of the reputation of the Society.
Below are the names of The Transitional Board members in your region.
- Marc Bicknell
- Duncan Bowdler
- Simon Burke
- Eric Calderwood
- Martyn Cheatle
- Michael Harriott
- Sir Christopher Kelly - Senior Independent Non Executive Director
- Allan Leighton - Group Chair
- Frank Nelson
- Richard Pennycook - Group Chief Executive
Under our new Governance rules, the Senate are now in place until May, 2015.
The Senate’s role is, amongst other things, to help co-ordinate the activities of the Council and to serve as the nexus for interactions between the Council, the Board, the Executive and the Members.
- Represent the Council within the Group and within the Co-operative Movement
- Consult with the Executive, preparing a three-year Council plan for approval by the Council and the Board
- Determine the allocation of the Council’s annual budget subject to the Board’s determination of the aggregate budgetary limit
- Prepare an agenda for each Council meeting
- Liase with the Board and or the Executive on any relevant matters / issues
- Commission research on topics within the remit of the Council and in accordance with the Council’s allocated budget
- Prepare the Council Annual Statement
- Any other matters as determined by agreement between the Council and the Board from time to time.
Below are the names of the Senate members in your region, click on the + button to view.
Louise Walker - Central & Eastern region
Jenny de Villiers - Central & Eastern region
Herbert Daybell - Central & Eastern region
David Smith - Cymru/Wales region
Martin Morris - Cymru/Wales region
Terry Morton - North region
Lesley Reznicek - North region
Andrew Donkin - North region
Ray Henderson - North region
Dave Pownall - North West & North Midlands region
Mark Nicholson - North West & North Midlands region
Robin Stewart - Scotland & Northern Ireland region
David Morrow - Scotland & Northern Ireland region
Tricia Davies - South & West region
Jenny Barnes - South & West region
Bob Harber - South East region
Adrienne Lowe - South East region
John Dalley - Scotmid Society
All members of the Senate are also members of the Transitional Council.
Under our new Governance rules, the Area Committees will remain in place until May, 2015.
Area Committee members are chosen by you and represent the views of members in your area.
Each Area Committee and the Northern Ireland Members' Council normally has around 10 to 12 members.
- Help with The Co-operative Group’s events for members and the community
- Discuss our trading operations with management from various businesses
- Get involved with community groups and let people know how The Co-operative Group could help them
- Award Community Fund grants to community groups that deserve our help
- Raise any issues with the Regional Board
Below are the names of the Area Committee members in your region, click on the + button to view.
* Also a member of The Transitional Council
** Also a member of The Senate
*** Also a member of the Transitional Board
It’s fun and really rewarding too. If you’d like to play a part, you can stand for election to ‘The Council’ after you’ve been a member of The Co-operative Group for a year.
Download a PDF of The Co-operative Group Rule Book