Society Director May 2018 to date
Qualifications and experience that are relevant to the position of Director
I’ve been a Co-op member for 26 years and shop at the Co-op everyday.
As a school governor, parish councillor and chair of the community council, I’ve shared responsibility for budgets, decision-making, strategic planning and membership.
As a teacher with 30 years experience working in special and primary schools, I bring knowledge of the education sector and an understanding of the differing life experiences, opportunities and economic circumstances that challenge families.
Other qualities that would be relevant to the Board of Directors
I’m approachable and collaborative, but with the confidence to initiate or persist to achieve an outcome.
Current or recent involvement with the Society and/or the wider co‑operative movement
I’ve taken every opportunity to participate in training and regional and national co-op meetings and conferences.
I’ve attended colleague events and participated in the ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign in Ipswich to prevent violence and abuse against shopworkers.
In Norwich I visited a Befriending Scheme and a Co-op Loneliness project for housebound residents.
Meeting the Sourced Locally suppliers and hearing first hand about their businesses provided a valuable insight into the practicalities of getting their produce on to the shelf.
I asked the Co-op headquarters to stop using plastic envelopes as they’re non-recyclable, the change was made immediately and new initiatives to help shoppers with recycling are being trialled.
I’m a great fan of the Co-op Juniors and it’s fantastic that they continue to nurture and develop the talents of so many children and young people.
The EOE Co-op is respected for maintaining its principles and I’ve been proud to be involved in the business.
The following information has been provided by the Secretary:
- Board service since last AGM
- Board meetings: 9 out of 10
- Membership and Community Engagement Committee: 4 out of 4