Board Of Directors

Meet your Board

Your Society is governed by a Board of Directors elected by and from our Members.

The Board’s role is to work closely with the Executive Team in monitoring the performance of the Society, in order to deliver the strategy. This involves holding the Chief Executive to account for the day-to-day performance and management of the Society, whilst also supporting the Executive Team to achieve the Society’s strategic objectives and priorities.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to drop a line to Jim Watts, Society Secretary at Jim.watts@centralengland.coop or Michael Tavener, Assistant Society Secretary at Michael.tavener@centralengland.coop

The Board is made up of 14 directors, including two Independent Non-Executive Directors and three Employee Directors.

The key responsibilities of the Board are :

• To ensure that the Society’s affairs are conducted in accordance with its Rules, the best interests of the Society and its Members and in accordance with the Co-operative Values and Principles (you can find these here: Cooperative identity, values & principles | ICA);

• To determine the strategy and policy of the Society in consultation with the Chief Executive and the Executive Team;

• To determine the risk strategy of the Society and ensure that risk management is addressed;

• To oversee the work of the Chief Executive and Executive Team in the day-to-day management of the business of the Society.

Jane Avery

President
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Jane Avery

President

Committees served:

  • Community Dividend
  • Membership & Community Strategy (Chair)
  • Remuneration
  • Search

  • Other Co-operative Activity:

  • Co-operative and Social Enterprise East
  • Co-operative Group National Members’ Council
  • Vaughan College Director

  • Elaine Dean

    Vice President
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    Elaine Dean

    Vice President

    Committees served:

  • Conduct
  • Membership & Community Strategy
  • Rules & Practices
  • Search

  • Other Co-operative Activity:

  • Education Executive
  • Governor of Co-op College
  • Group National Values & Principles Committee
  • Co-operative Group National Members’ Council
  • Supporters Direct board

  • Richard Bickle

    Director
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    Richard Bickle

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Audit & Risk
  • Conduct
  • Membership & Community Strategy
  • Rules & Practices
  • Remuneration

  • Other Co-operative Activity:

  • Co-operative Press
  • Revolver Co-operative
  • Birmingham Film Co-op

  • Marc Bicknell

    Independent non-Executive Director
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    Marc Bicknell

    Independent non-Executive Director

    Committees served:

  • Audit & Risk
  • Conduct

  • John Chillcott

    Director
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    John Chillcott

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Remuneration

  • Other Co-operative Activity:

  • Co-operatives UK
  • Co-operative College

  • Dave Ellgood

    Director
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    Dave Ellgood

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Membership & Community Strategy

  • John Howells

    Director
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    John Howells

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Community Dividend

  • Maria Lee

    Director
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    Maria Lee

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Membership & Community Strategy

  • Other Co-operative Activity:

  • Council Senate
  • Co-operative Group National Members’ Council
  • Co-operative Party NEC

  • Marta Mayhew

    Director
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    Marta Mayhew

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Audit & Risk

  • Jody Meakin

    Director
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    Jody Meakin

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Community Dividend

  • Tanya Noon

    Director
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    Tanya Noon

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Search

  • Other Co-operative Activity:

  • Director of Co-ops UK
  • Co-op Consumer Council
  • Co-operative Group National Members’ Council
  • Vice-Chair of Co-operatives East Midlands

  • Sue Rushton

    Director
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    Sue Rushton

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Audit & Risk
  • Community Dividend

  • Bradley Tuckfield

    Director
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    Bradley Tuckfield

    Director

    Committees served:

  • Membership & Community Strategy

  • Rachel Wilkinson

    Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Rachel Wilkinson

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Committees served:

  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Rules & Practices
  • Conduct