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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.

Stand for election

Have you got the passion, skills and commitment Co-operatives UK needs to drive the co-operative sector forward? The 2021 election cycle has begun and we need talented candidates to add their own unique skills to our Board of Directors. Seats are up for grabs in the following categories of our membership:

  • Federals
  • Other consumer owned co-operatives
  • Retail consumer co-operatives (Midlands)
  • Retail consumer co-operatives (Scotland and North)
  • Retail consumer  co-operatives (South)

Details about the nomination process have been sent out to the Co-operatives UK members who fall into the relevant election categories. Unsure which category of membership your co-op falls within or have questions about nominations? Contact [email protected].   

Read the candidate information and nomination form now. The election cycle for the Worker Co-op Council has also begun with four seats available.

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

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. 

    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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