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Co-operative Governance Expert Reference Panel

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

What is the Panel?

It is led and facilitated by Co‑operatives UK and made up of experts with proven experience in governance leadership and/or innovation covering businesses of different size, complexity and risk profile. The panel:

  • Ensures a dialogue between UK leaders in the field of governance by bringing experts together to identify and recommend innovation and best practice.
  • Provides leadership to the co-operative sector by setting governance standards for co-operatives, encouraging innovation, active challenge and debate.
  • Sets a framework that enables the co-operative sector to take ownership of its compliance with governance standards.

The Co-operative Governance Expert Reference Panel is:

  • Angela Lomax, (Chair) David Tolson Partnership
  • Jim Watts, Central England Co-operative
  • Jane Powell, Lincolnshire Co-operative
  • Emma Laycock, Co-operatives UK
  • Mark Simmonds, Co-op Culture
  • David Alcock, Anthony Collins Solicitors
  • Graeme Nuttall, Fieldfisher
  • Bob Cannell
  • Abbie Kempson, Unicorn Grocery – Panel Adviser

How will the Panel benefit my co-op?

The Panel is an independent and authoritative voice on governance for the co-op sector and responds to input from the co-op sector. It has created a number of resources and guides on good governance including:


We're always developing guidance
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