Sam Toland currently serves as our Co-op Secretary.
The Co-ordinating Body, which is elected each year by our members, has approved terms of reference for two new committees to support our work and to bring more members into the running of our Co-op.
There is now a Finance, Audit & Risk Committee in addition to a Nomination & Governance Committee.
Joining a committee is a great way to get involved, help improve your Co-op and develop experience in a supportive, co-operative environment. It is also a great taster of what it is like to serve on a committee of management / board of directors. At present all committee members served in a voluntary capacity.
If you are a co-operative and facilitative person, with an interest in any of the areas below – consider reading on and sending in an expression of interest.
Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
This committee has been set up to bring additional financial expertise into the CB’s oversight of our Co-op’s affairs. Martin Nolan, an experience chartered accountant and someone with an enduring relationship with the Co-op has graciously accepted the position of Chair.
We are looking for more members to join Martin, Maureen and Rose (from the CB) and Paul (an ordinary member) on this committee.
It is our intention to hold 4 to 6 hour and half meetings a year and committee members would be expected to attend the AGM which we are expecting will be held in May 2020.
If you have any experience in finance, audit or risk management and have an interest in getting involved, please reach out to me at email@example.com with an expression of interest. Just a few lines on your background, and why you are interested in getting involved.
Nomination & Governance Committee
This committee has been set up to bring additional governance expertise into the CB’s development of board policies and to help run the nomination process for new CB members.
Our CB members Grace, Paolo and Maureen are currently serving on the committee and we are looking for two ordinary members to join them.
It is our intention to hold 4, one hour meetings a year and committee members would be expected to attend the AGM.
If you have any experience in governance or an interest in getting involved, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest.
A Members’ Affairs Committee??
The CB is committed to expanding the role of members within the Co-op, and have been working in the background to set up a ‘Members’ Affairs Committee’.
This would be a space open to all members to get involved in reviewing policy, make recommendations to the CB, starting member initiatives and organise events within and outside the Co-op.
This model has proved success in other Food Co-ops, and has delivered tangible results in terms of member initiatives and ensuring that members have real input into the products and services that our Co-op sells.
The number of CB members are meeting at the end of January to make a final decision on the way forward, and we expect news of developments shortly.
If you are interested in getting involved in this proposal, email me at email@example.com. Otherwise, you can wait until further news in another blog post.