Here are the results of the Member Nominated Director Elections. Each candidate has provided a brief introductory statement. For more detailed information, follow the link to their election address.
Hazel Blears : Votes For 64.57% / Against 35.43% - Elected
Occupation: Labour Member of Parliament 1997-2015
Trade: Food, Insurance, Bank, Pharmacy
As a member of the Co-operative Group for over 20 years I know that Co-op members like you want the Group to succeed providing top quality food and services to our Communities at fair prices, sharing our profits and helping those in need – it’s a great and worthwhile mission.
Co-operative values and principles have been central to my life and work. I would welcome the chance to join you in championing our cause.
Paul Chandler : Votes For 87.01% / Against 12.99% - Elected
Occupation: Chair of Boards
Trade: Food, Bank
As former chief executive of Traidcraft, the pioneering fair trade organisation, and director of a range of mutual and charitable enterprises, I would bring to the Board my passion for promoting responsible and ethical business practices and a fairer society, underpinned by substantial commercial and financial services experience. I want to see the Co-op re-established as a successful and sustainable business that truly puts its members and customers first and demonstrates co-operative principles in action.
Ruth Spellman : Votes For 85.04% / Against 14.96% - Elected
Occupation: Chief Executive, Workers’ Educational Association
Trade: Food, Insurance, Travel
Elect me because I will uphold your ethos and values. I’ve successfully led three high profile membership organisations, including the Workers’ Educational Association, which grew out of the Co-operative Movement.
I am a hard working wife and mother. Women make 75% of consumer choices and actively prefer to deal with organisations with the right values. I would serve the Co-op as a loyal team member and I would be 100% committed to your success.
In accordance with the Member Nominated Director Election Regulations in 2015, the three MNDs are elected for different terms. The term of office for each Director will be determined by drawing lots overseen by the Group Secretary and Group Chair.