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Board elections

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Democracy is the lifeblood of co‑operatives and we want as many of our members as possible to get involved in the election process, either standing as candidates, nominating candidates or voting for candidates.

Vote in the 2021 board elections

Voting will open for the next elections in May 2021 when you will be able to see candidate profiles and cast votes on behalf of your co-op. 

Voting is open to the nominated representative of co-ops that are current members of Co-operatives UK. We’ll email those eligible to vote, so log in to your website account and make sure your contact details are up date. 

    Stand for election

    Have you got the passion, skills and commitment Co-operatives UK needs to drive the co-operative sector forward? We need talented candidates to add their own unique skills to our Board of Directors 

    Nominate yourself or someone from your co-op to stand in the 2021 elections. Note: Nominations are not open yet but you can read the candidate information and nomination form now.

    Please ensure you read the guidance notes provided with the nominations form to ensure you meet each of the eligibility criteria before putting yourself forward for election to the board.

    In 2020, seats were up for election in three categories of Co-operatives UK membership. The following Directors were elected

    • Martyn Johnston (Bradford Co-operative Association) representing enterprise owned co-operatives
    • Cheryl Barrott (Co-operative Party) representing mixed ownership co-operatives
    • Don Morris (Radstock Co-operative Society) representing retail consumer co-operatives (national)

    See who else is on our board

    Who can stand for election?

    Co‑operatives UK's Board of Directors is elected by and from our members on a rolling three year cycle. 

    The Board is drawn from different constituencies of members to provide a balance of experience and knowledge. Elections are staggered so there is at least one board election each year. 

    What makes a good director?

    There is no identikit for the perfect director. In fact, we want a real balance of skills and personalities to help take Co‑operatives UK, and the wider sector,  forward.  Read the candidate information.

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