Your people

Use this section to profile the key people in your co-operative, their roles, responsibilities and the structure of your organisation.

This section is asking you to identify the key people with significant responsibilities, such as: 

  • Roles (e.g. Director, operations manager, marketing manager)
  • Short biographical profile
  • Areas of expertise
  • Why s/he is the perfect person for those roles

It also asks you to outline the organisational structure - how will your business or organisation be managed?

And finally, it looks at your Founder Members - who will form the founding board of your co-operative?

This is also the time to identify any skills gaps and have a plan in place for how these gaps will be filled.

Refer back to where you identified your steering group in the Who is involved with setting up your co-operative? section.

If you didn’t manage to do this, you must do so now by visiting the above link.

Define your people

Use the completed feasibility study template to help you populate the people section of your plan, using this template:

  1. Describe how they will be organised as a team and what the management and communication structures will be.  Identify the Founder Members – the first Board of Directors or Committee.
  2. Identify skills gaps in the team and describe your training and recruitment plans.
  3. Make sure you to include descriptions of: the facilities that will house production and organisation; how they will contribute to the marketing effort; the equipment you will need; and any production kit, office equipment, software, essential training, legislation you will have to comply with. 

The information and tools in this section have been developed by our colleagues at Co-operative Assistance Network.

Updated: 26/03/2019