Guide: Our governance

Co-operatives UK AGM, 19 June 2020

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is one of the primary ways in which member organisations can participate in the democracy of Co‑operatives UK. Our AGM in 2020 will take place ONLINE ONLY on 19 June.

We are dedicated to making it as easy as possible for our members to take part in our governance and influence our activites. Members' representatives at the 2020 AGM will be able to vote on resolutions and submit questions online.

Coronavirus is increasingly impacting on how Co-operatives UK members can effectively govern their businesses. We have produced governance advice in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic - particularly around the planning and staging of annual general meetings (AGMs). Get the advice here

How can members influence Co-operatives UK’s work?

Co-operatives UK unites a network of thousands of businesses. As a co‑operative owned and controlled by you, our members, we want you to shape what Co-operatives UK does for the movement. Our AGM is open to all and the fomral AGM notice will be made available in the near future. The 2019 AGM, including the agenda, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Voting at the AGM

Co-operatives UK welcomes anyone to attend and observe the Annual General Meeting. To vote at the 2020 AGM an organisation must have been a member of Co-operatives UK on 1 May 2020 and its representative has to be present at the meeting (either online or in person). Each member is entitled to appoint any individual as its representative at the AGM.

Voting on resolutions will ordinarily be on a show of voting cards/online poll unless a ballot is required. If a ballot vote is required instructions on the process will be provided by the Chair during the AGM. 

Minutes and Annual Report

Hard copies of the 2019 Annual Report and minutes from the 2019 annual general meeting will be abvailable available at the 19 June AGM. Both will be available to view and download ahead of the meeting. 

2019 AGM resolutions - results

  • Members unanimously adopted the 2018 Annual Report including financial statements
  • Members approved the recommendation for the re-appointment of KPMG as auditors for the next financial year
  • Members unanimously agreed to support the policy for the annual RPI uplift to Board fees; that the Board fee be increased from £1,640 to £1,670; and the Chair fee increase from £5000 to £5090, with effect from 1 July 2019
  • Simon Parkinson presented a resolution on behalf of the Co-operative College, which was seconded by the Co-operative Press. On a show of voting cards and online voting, members agreed the approach by the College to shape the idea of the Co-operative Principle 5 and its ambition to gain degree awarding powers and become a co-operative university