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Director nominations are now open

Consider standing for election on the Board of Directors and take a key role in the region's largest co-perative.

Nominations are open until 24th March 2017

For further details and the nomination papers, please contact:

Michael Faulkner, Secretary on  01473 786005 or

Our board is made up of members like you - elected to act in the best interest of all members. 

In May each year, we hold elections for a number of places on the Society's Board of Directors.

The role of the Board is to ensure the long-term success of the Society in accordance with the International Co-operative Alliance Statement on Co-operative Identity. The Board is appointed by and accountable to the members who own the Society. The Board represents the membership, making business decisions in the interests of the members. The Boards acts as the custodian of the Society's assets to safeguard the enterprise for the future. 

A co-operative board provides accountable leadership by setting the strategic direction of the enterprise and ensuring it runs efficiently within a framework of prudent and effective controls in line with co-operative values and principles.

About our Board of Directors

Our Directors work together to oversee our governance, policy and strategy decisions. There are 16 Directors on the Board. They are all members who care about the way their local co-op is run. They help shape our future direction, but are not responsible for the day to day operation of our co-op.

What is expected from a Director?

  • Attend around 14 Board meetings a year, mostly held on Saturdays at our head office at Wherstead Park near Ipswich. There are also occasional off-site strategy meetings that might involve overnight stays.
  • Join one or more Board committees – this will involve attendance at a further 7-8 meetings per year.
  • Take part in professional development to meet any individual or collective needs that arise throughout the normal 4-year term of office.

Any business experience that you have will be welcome, but it isn’t essential as training can be provided if you have been elected.

What do I get in return?

  • Becoming a Director gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to make a difference to your local co-op and your community.
  • Directors also receive a fee (currently in the region of £8,000 per year) and reimbursement of all expenses incurred in the role.
  • Our Directors play a key role in the success of our business, and it is a really rewarding experience. You’ll meet new people and gain valuable skills, all while helping a local, independent co-operative business to thrive.

Am I eligible to stand for election?

To be able to stand for election, you must:

  • Be a fully paid up member of our co-op in your own right (not an associate member).
  • Have made purchases from our co-op of at least £500 in each of the two years prior to the election.
  • Not be disqualified from office through conduct, conflict of interest or legislation.

Interested in becoming a Director?

Our Secretary, Mike Faulkner will be happy to answer questions you might have, as well as check your eligibility and give you a nomination form.

You can get in touch with him on 01473 786005 or by email.