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Board elections

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Democracy is the lifeblood of co‑operatives and we want as many of our members as possible to get involved in the election process, either standing as candidates, nominating candidates or voting for candidates.

Co-operatives UK Board elections

The 2024 election cycle - as we look for talented candidates to add their own unique skills to our Board of Directors - will begin in February. In 2023 we had elections in the following categories:

  • Enterprise Owned Co-operatives. A contested election with two candidates: Brian Cape (SIPS Education) and Brendan Moore (East Anglian Brewers). All members eligible to vote in this category were sent candidate information and their unique link for voting online. The election was won by Brendan Cape
  • Retail Consumer Co-operatives (National). Uncontested election (one nomination received): Nick Matthews (nominated by Heart of England Co-operative Society)
  • Mixed Ownership Co-operatives. Uncontested election (one nomination received): Cheryl Barrott (nominated by The Co-operative Party)  
  • Worker Co-operatives. Uncontested elections (two seats and two nominations received): Alice Hemming (nominated by Calvert North Star Press) and Stephen Gill (nominated by VME Coop)  

For more information contact [email protected].

Interested in standing for election to our Board?
We want to hear from all potential candidates - from all sections of our membership.
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Who can stand for election?

Co‑operatives UK's Board of Directors is elected by and from our members on a rolling three year cycle. 

The Board is drawn from different constituencies of members to provide a balance of experience and knowledge. Elections are staggered so there is at least one board election each year. 

What makes a good director?

There is no identikit for the perfect director. In fact, we want a real balance of skills and personalities to help take Co‑operatives UK, and the wider sector, forward. Read the candidate information.

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