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Member groups

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We ensure that members influence our work. As well as our elected board of directors we run formal and informal member groups.

Formal member groups

These groups have agreed terms of reference, elections and their meetings are minuted.

The Worker Co-op Council shapes strategic priorities for worker co-operative and employee-owned members of Co-operatives UK. It acts as a sounding board for important issues. Worker co-op members of Co-operatives UK elect members to the Council and two Council representatives are elected to the Co-operatives UK board. 

The Co-operative Governance Expert Reference Panel is an independent and authoritative voice in the co-op sector for best practice in governance.

The HR Forum is made up of members who subscribe to our HR package. Led by our team of co-operative HR experts, the group meets regularly to discuss and share best practice in HR.

The Co-operative Performance Committee is an advisory panel of experts in the field of co-operative accounting practice and performance. It identifies and provide guidance on important strategic issues for the co-operative sector.

The Co-operative Development Forum enables organisations that provide business support co-operatives and mutuals to share best practice on co-operative development, as well providing guidance on upcoming issues.

The Co-operative and Community Capital Committee enables members and stakeholders to shape areas of best practice for the UK co-operative movement in the field of member capital, including:

• withdrawable share capital in co-operatives and community benefit societies

• the Community Shares Standard Mark 

• the Community Shares Handbook

• the Code of Practice on Withdrawable Share Capital and associated guidance

The Consumer Council enables directors and appointed representatives of our large retail societies to network and discuss matters of common interest, exchange information and ideas, and provide an opportunity for consultation with Co-operatives UK on all matters common to retail consumer co-operatives.

If you'd like to know more about our member groups, or want to start your own, please get in touch

Informal member groups

Groups of members get together to share ideas, learn from each other and explore opportunities for collaboration.

The Membership and Communities Network (MACN) is attended by people working in membership and marketing roles in the larger retail societies. They meet three to four times a year to share knowledge, insights and to develop joint campaigns.


Retail Society Secretaries Network is attended by the society secretaries of our large retail societies and provides an opportunity for secretaries to keep on top of best practice in governance.

Bringing members together
We host events aimed at specific types of members including the Co-op Retail Conference and Worker Co-op Weekend
Request a copy of terms of reference for any sub-committee or member group
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