2021 Annual Members' Meeting
Under normal circumstances, this would be a physical meeting held at our head office in Wherstead Park, Ipswich. However following positive feedback received from members after our first virtual meeting in November 2020 and due to the continued Covid-19 pandemic, we held the event online again in 2021.
Chaired by East of England Co-op President, Frank Moxon, over 140 members joined the virtual event, during which we reported on our sales and trading profits for the 2020/21 financial year.
2020 saw the East of England Co-op invest more than £300,000 in local communities through its Community Cares Fund, with over £140,000 donated by members.
The meeting also included the results of the election to the Board of Directors. This year saw ten candidates standing for four places on the Board. Just under 5,000 members voted in this year's election which saw two new directors appointed; Joy Burnford and Esme Cole who will each serve a four year term, whilst John Cook and Judi Newman were re-elected for a further three and four terms respectively.
We also said a fond farewell to Fiona Powell who came to the end of her term on the Board of Directors and Chris Newbury who retired after serving a maximum of three terms (12 years).
Members who were eligible for dividend received a share of £1.8m.
A full breakdown of our audited figures is available online here.