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Your time to make a difference?

Democracy is at the heart of being a co-operative. This is an exciting time in the Society’s calendar where Members can play a greater part.

Nominations are now open (from 31st January 2023) for the Society’s Board of Directors and Membership & Community Councils (MCCs).

Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2023.

Voting opens on Thursday 6th April 2023 and closes on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 at 12 noon with the results announced on Friday 5th May 2023.

Board of Directors

Board members play a vital role in setting our strategy, monitoring performance and ensuring we follow co-operative values and principles.

Nominations are invited for FOUR Member Directors:

  • ONE in the Central constituency serving 3 years
  • ONE in the Eastern constituency serving 3 years
  • ONE in the Western constituency serving 3 years
  • ONE in the Western constituency serving 1 year
  • and ONE Employee Member Director from the Eastern Constituency serving 3 years.

For further details of the roles, eligibility criteria, and to submit a nomination - please visit our Election Portal.

Our Board is committed to increasing our diversity and would welcome nominations from young people, ethnic minority candidates, and candidates with digital skills.

Membership and Community Councils (MCCs)

Membership and Community Councils (MCCs) consist of local members who are passionate about their community and want to make a difference by helping to plan and run events and activities in their area.

In 2023 there are 30 vacancies (23 Member positions and 7 Employee Member positions) across the Society’s five MCCs (Yorkshire, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western).

For further details of the role, eligibility criteria, and to submit a nomination - please visit our Election Portal.

What qualifications do I need to be a Member Director?

All members can stand for election to our Board provided you meet the eligibility criteria. (have been a member for two years, hold a £1 share, and have spent £500 with the Society in the last 12 months).

As part of you nomination we’ll ask you to provide an election statement and information on your skills, experience, any relevant qualifications and your commitment to our co-operative values and principles.

What is required in the position? (Time commitment)

To attend regular meetings including monthly Board meetings, Committee meetings and meetings with our Members. To represent our Society and Members at Co-operative events. You will also receive training and development to support you in your role.

Who can nominate/be nominated?

You will need two members to support your nomination. Any member may nominate or second a candidate, provided they have been a member for at least twelve months and hold a £1 share.

What qualifications do I need to join my MCC?

All members can stand for election to our MCC provided you have been a member for 6 months. You will need to spend at least £300 each year with the Society during your term. As part of your nomination we’ll ask you to provide an election statement and information on your skills, experience, any relevant qualifications and your commitment to our co-operative values and principles.

Members have from Tuesday 31st January 2023 to 5pm on 22nd February 2023 to submit their nomination.