Central England Co-op Board of Directors elections 2018 results

Central England Co-op can today announce the results of its 2018 Board of Directors elections.

John Chillcott, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, has been elected to the Board for the first time. 

John enjoyed a 30-year career working for both Anglia and Ipswich Co-operatives including serving as Chief Executive at Anglia Society.

John will be joined on the Board by Jane Avery, Sue Rushton and Tanya Noon who were all successfully re-elected.  All four candidates will serve for a term of three years.

Jim Watts, Society Secretary, said: “On behalf of the Society, I would like to thank all members who voted in our Board elections and also thank all of the candidates who put themselves forward.

“We are pleased to have seen an encouraging increase in the number of members voting in the elections, which highlights the importance of democratic participation in a member owned business”.

“We welcome John and welcome back Jane, Sue and Tanya who will join the existing Directors in working with Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle and the executive team in shaping the future direction and strategy of the business on behalf of our members.”

“Central England Co-op would also like to place on record our sincere thanks and appreciation to unsuccessful candidate and former Director Graeme Watkins who has served since 2014 and before that was a Board member of Anglia Regional Co-operative Society.”

Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.


Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative


Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop