Meet the team

Why use Co-operatives UK's advice services?

  • Co-operative expertise: Our Advice Team has supported co-operatives with their governance, HR, finance and membership for more than 20 years. We have developed an in depth understanding of how to support you in meeting the unique challenges and opportunities of this sector.
  • High quality service: We are not for profit, meaning that all generated income is put back into providing market leading services for our members.
  • Value for money: We work with co-operatives large and small, from a range of sectors and complexities, providing high quality and high value advice.

Meet the team

If you’d like to get in touch with any of our team, use the contact form and a member of the team will be in touch shortly:

Emma Laycock, Co-operative Advice Manager
Areas of expertise: Co-operative Law and Governance

Emma has a wide range of governance expertise and has worked at all levels within co-operative and mutual enterprises to advise on, design and develop governance arrangements, structures and solutions.  Emma is experienced in providing best practice guidance, training and facilitation and specialises in supporting and advising co-operative boards and directors.

[email protected] | 0161 214 1772


Linda Barlow, Co-operative Governance Advisor
Areas of expertise: Corporate Governance, Co-op Law, Charity Law & Governance

Linda advises co-ops, not for profit organisations and charities on incorporation and their corporate governance arrangements and has a broad understanding of the range of corporate governance matters affecting these organisations. Linda is co-author of Co‑operatives UK’s acclaimed publication, Simply Legal and is a member of the Charity Law Association.

[email protected] | 0161 214 1772


Tim Knowles, Head of HR Services
Areas of expertise: Employment law, HR policy, employee relations, reward and benefits.

A qualified Solicitor specialising in employment law in co-operatives for more than 15 years, Tim has unique and substantial additional expertise in employee relations, collective bargaining, recognition and industrial action, and an in-depth understanding of HR policy, reward and benefits strategies. 

[email protected] | 0161 214 1778


Gary Morrison, Senior Lawyer
Areas of expertise: HR

Gary has a wealth of experience in the field of employment law, having previously worked as an ACAS officer and for the Employment Tribunals before qualifying as a solicitor at DWF solicitors. Gary has worked as a solicitor with the Co-operative Group and many independent co-operatives as part of the Co-operative Employers Association and is a very experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and his knowledge and experience extend to all aspects of employment law including complex areas such as TUPE and discrimination.

[email protected] | 0161 214 1778


Gillian Buxton, HR Reward and Policy Manager
Areas of expertise: HR

Gillian is a qualified solicitor specialising in employment law and employee relations. Having worked with co-operatives for over 10 years, Gillian is experienced in providing practical advice, training and representation on employment law and HR reward and policy.

[email protected] | 0161 214 1782


Dane Pollard – Co-operative Governance Support Advisor

Dane assists the advice team dealing with new registrations focusing on the client relationship aspect. He has many years of experience dealing with customers in the retail sector as well as and clients in the corporate world.

[email protected] | 0161 214 1772