Board of Directors

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Our Board is made up of 16 directors, each of whom is a member of our co-op. Together our Board oversees governance, policy and strategy decisions.

The day-to-day management of our co-op is in the hands of our Chief Executive, Doug Field, supported by a Senior Leadership team. 

Frank Moxon - President

Frank Moxon - President

Member of the Membership & Community Engagement Committee

Frank was elected to the Board in 2018 and has served as President since 2020. He also represents the Society as Chair of the Co-op Loan Fund. An economics graduate, he is an experienced board-level financial adviser and corporate financier and is or has been a director, trustee or governor of private and quoted companies, several charities, a professional body and a comprehensive school.

Joy Burnford - Vice President

Joy Burnford - Vice President

Member of the Remuneration and Search Committee

Joy was elected to the Board in May 2021 and became Vice President in May 2022. She has over 20 years’ business and leadership experience serving as an executive director for three companies in the past 16 years and is the founder and CEO of consulting and coaching company Encompass Equality Ltd. She is a published author of the bestselling book ‘Don’t fix women’ and a trailblazer for gender equality in the workplace. She has run a number of local community efforts at her local primary school and church.

Belinda Bulsing

Belinda Bulsing

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Belinda was elected to the Board in May 2014. She is involved in her local community as a member of the Pettaugh Parish Council and trustee of a charitable trust supporting the services of the maternity unit at Eye, Suffolk. Belinda is a qualified solicitor and has worked in both private practice and in-house legal roles. 

Martin Catchpole

Martin Catchpole

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

My main background is in care work and has involved many roles from team leader at the National Autistic Society, running an allotment project for people with learning disabilities, training home carers, rapid response work covering Suffolk & working for Ipswich Borough Council in the HEARS team until 2022.  After the Stroke Association closed their face to face meet ups in 2020 with no sign of restarting them, I assisted my parents to start an Ipswich-based twice monthly meet up group my mother called 'Share Your Journey' for people who have, or care for someone who has suffered a stroke, heart attack or brain haemorrhage. We now have strong links and support from the Stroke Working Age Group Suffolk (SWAGS) who encouraged us to keep going. I saw much during my time as a carer but I have been humbled by the strength of character and support given of those attending both these groups. I recently started my own small gardening business.

Sally Chicken

Sally Chicken

Member of the Remuneration and Search Committee

Sally Chicken, MSc was first elected to the Board in May 2009, serving eight years until 2017. She stepped down at the end of her second term of office for a year, and was elected again in 2018 and 2022. She has wide ranging experience in starting and managing credit unions in Wales and the East of England over the last 25 years and is currently serving as a volunteer on the Supervisory Committee at Eastern Saving and Loans Credit Union in Ipswich. Her interests include the restoration of Shotley Pier.

Esme Cole

Esme Cole

Member of the Remuneration & Search Committee

Esme was elected to the Board in May 2021. She began her career as an officer in the British Army before moving into significant operations and project management roles over a diverse range of industries. Most recently Esme specialised in leadership and organisation development consultancy both in the UK and internationally. She holds a certificate in environmental management and is a keen advocate of sustainable business. Esme is completing a Masters degree in business administration this year, holds a governor position at a local secondary school and is a trustee of a charitable foundation.

Lesley Dolphin

Lesley Dolphin

Member of the Remuneration and Search Committee

Lesley was elected to the Board for the first time in 2023. Her career in BBC local radio spans 40 years working in Leeds, Norfolk and, for the last 20 years, in Suffolk. Lesley retired in 2022 but is still very busy as Patron of Suffolk Libraries and a Lay Canon at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral. She has volunteered with many community projects including playgroups and after-school clubs, was a governor at Copleston High School for many years and is a trustee of the Friends of Felixstowe Library group. She was well known across Suffolk for her `sofa guest interviews’ on her BBC Radio Suffolk afternoon show and for her daily quiz competition ‘Dolphins Dart’ which featured fascinating facts about the county!

Mandy Errington

Mandy Errington

Member of the Membership and Community Engagement Committee

Mandy is a well-known, established businesswoman and the owner of a popular fashion boutique in Ipswich. She possesses key experience which spans over 30 years within the retail and marketing industries. Mandy is well versed with the Society’s operation and the co-operative movement, after her previous 14 years of service. Over this time, she gained a succession of managerial promotions – which led to her position as Head of Marketing. She has successfully pioneered a number of initiatives in the past and whilst running her own business. Mandy is also listed as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in the UK.

Nicola Fox

Nicola Fox

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Nicola was first elected to the Board in 2011.  During her service, she has been Chair of the Remuneration & Search Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

She has worked in marketing and communications management across the public, private and charity sectors for over 25 years, and also ran her own business. This has given her extensive experience of growing and promoting businesses, developing and managing local and national projects, and increasing member engagement.

Suzanne Hawkes

Suzanne Hawkes

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Suzanne has worked as a freelance bookkeeper for a number of charities and business organisations over the years. She is an award winning playwright with her own touring theatre company Black & White Productions, a published author, and is Artistic Director of Two Sisters Arts Centre in Trimley St Mary. 

Emma Howard

Emma Howard

Member of the Membership and Community Engagement Committee

Emma started her career as a check-out assistant. Supported by our co-op to develop, she now has a key role at a worker's co-op helping international transparency initiatives from a data and technology perspective.

Julie Mansfield

Julie Mansfield

Member of the Remuneration and Search Committee

Julie was elected to the Board in 2023. Having worked as a solicitor in Scotland before moving to Suffolk, Julie now works for Network Suffolk which encourages faith groups to dialogue and work together. She is also a volunteer Director of Eastern Savings and Loans Credit Union, a role that she has held for the past 10 years (the last six as volunteer Company Secretary).

Ashley Munson

Ashley Munson

Member of the Membership and Community Engagement Committee

Ashley has an extensive background in data analytics having worked in the B2B Energy sector before joining the East of England Co-op Society in 2018. Since joining the Society Ashley has held various positions focussing on commercial and financial insights and currently works in the Business Transformation Team as Reporting and Analytics Manager. He joined the Board of Directors in December 2023.

Ann Osborn

Ann Osborn

Member of the Membership and Community Engagement Committee

Ann Osborn is CEO of The Rural Coffee Caravan, a charity that addresses loneliness in rural Suffolk, and which has gained the attention of Government policy makers, the NHS, The Campaign to End Loneliness, national media and academics, for its good practice and measurable impact on connecting rurally isolated communities.  Ann is a member of the Eden Project Communities Network and the Founder of a community fundraising initiative called 500 Suffolk Reasons, which helps local people who are facing a financial crisis.

Beverley Perkins

Beverley Perkins

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Since joining our Board in May 2013, Bev has also served on the Boards of Coop Press and Co-ops UK. She represents the East of England Co-op on the Co-op National Members Council and Senate.

She has postgraduate qualifications in both Strategic Management and Sustainability and worked for 30 years in management and leadership roles while also representing local interests and building community resilience in her ‘free’ time!

As Chief Officer of Colchester Citizens Advice, she works to support and empower people in dealing with life’s challenges.

Maria Veronese

Maria Veronese

Member of the Membership & Community Engagement Committee

Maria was first elected to the Board in May 2016. She is a qualified journalist who has worked in newspapers, radio and television in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Most of her career has been working for the BBC as a television producer and news reporter. She also runs her own training and property businesses. Maria’s a keen supporter of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and has twice run the London Marathon to raise money for the charity.