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Co-op National Members’ Council

Listed by NUSU


Application deadline: Fri 21 Feb 2020 23:59


Right now, we’re looking for people to join our Co-op National Members’ Council and have a say in the way we run our Co-op. It’s a really exciting opportunity, as our Members’ Council gets involved in all parts of Co-op life and has a responsibility to:

  • Work with our Board and senior managers to make sure members’ interests are represented
  • Make sure that we’re staying true to our values and principles
  • Be a strong advocate for Co-op in the outside world – shout loudly and proudly about our achievements, work with your local community and make connections

Our Members’ Council is made up of 100 people, including Co-op Members, colleague members and members from other co-op societies, and they come from all walks of life.


To stand for election to the Members’ Council, you need to have:

  • Been a Co-op Member for three years prior to standing for election
  • Earned at least 500 trading points over the financial year 2019 (January-January)
    • These points are earned by spending across any of the wholly-owned businesses in the Co-op Group (Co-op Food, Co-op Insurance, Co-op Funeralcare and Co-op Legal Services).

If you want to find out more or check if you’re eligible to stand for election, email:

What the role involves

Elected members attend Council meetings throughout the year at One Angel Square in Manchester.

They work with others to make sure our business is values-led, and one our members can be proud of.

You’ll get the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and awareness of:

  • The performance of our business
  • The Co-op Group strategy
  • Our community offer
  • Our business ethics and campaigns
  • Co-op membership

Hear from people like you who have been elected and are making a difference.

Council meeting dates for 2020

  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May
  • Saturday 4 July
  • Saturday 26 September
  • Saturday 5 December

Council Member training and development

All new Council Members are required to attend an induction, which takes place on Thursday and Friday, 2 and 3 July 2020.  Council Members are also required to complete training and development during their terms of office to enable them to fulfil their role.

Payments and benefits

You’ll receive an annual fee of £3,000.

Travel costs and expenses are also covered.

You’ll receive an employee discount card, which can be used at Co-op Food stores and other Co-op Group businesses.

Childcare and dependent carer allowance is available to help Council Members to attend meetings. Please email more information.


The Council recognises the importance of having a diverse composition particularly in respect of under-represented groups, which may include (but is not limited to): gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, geography and employee representation. 7 seats on the Council are allocated each year to address shortfalls in diversity.


The Members’ Council has up to 7 co-opted seats, which it can use to boost under-representation after the Council elections. In 2020, there are 4 co-option seats available. Each seat has a 2 year term.

As our Council is currently gender-balanced, we’re prioritising improving diversity, amongst these groups:

  • Ethnicity - BAME members
  • Age - members under the age of 30

You don’t need to meet the eligibility criteria of 3 years membership and 500 points to stand for co-option.

If you would like to find out more about co-option, email us at