January National Council meeting

Welcome to my report of the January 2020 Co-op National Members Council (NMC). I will be standing for election to the NMC again in May 2020, and I hope that you will give me your vote.   I created this   blog to give me an opportunity to update and be accountable to   members in the South West. So please give me your first preference in the voting! Michael Harriott If you have any questions or comments, please email me at The January meeting started with a presentation from Chris Kelly one of our Directors,   The topic was Vision, Choices and Plans. He was joined by Shrine Khoury-haq our Chief Financial officer and Pippa Wicks, Deputy CEO. This session concentrated upon our next five-year vision and the challenges that we faced.   With all strategies, we need to recognise that we cannot do everything and that some choices have to be made. I was pleased to hear that the Board had placed a great emphasis on being engaged with our members in thei

November Council

The National Members’ Council was back together in Manchester on 30 November for an early Christmas and our last meeting of 2019. It’s been a great year of collaboration and representation, making sure our members and communities are having their say to shape a Co-op we can all be proud of. Ending on a high, we also confirmed the appointment of our new Council Secretary, Andy Seddon.    At our November meeting, we then got into the Christmas spirit with a strategic board game to map out what areas we would prioritise to introduce new ways of co-operating, putting people and the planet first and developing a more meaningful membership. To introduce the the session, our Co-op Chair, Allan Leighton, and Chief Executive, Steve Murrells, started off our day together with an update on what’s been happening around our businesses to set the scene for the future. Allan shared that we’re in a good place across our businesses, despite being in a tough market, so it’s a good time to reshap