Sam Toland is a member of the Co-ordinating Body (our board of directors) and 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.
These are intended to replace and build on the lessons of a number of previous working groups.
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 board.
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 more 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 two ordinary members to join Martin and two CB members on this committee.
It is our intention to hold 6 two hour meetings a year and committee members would be expected to attend the AGM which is typically held in March/April.
If you have any experience in finance, audit or risk management and have an interest in getting involved, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest.
Nomination & Governance Committee
This committee has been set up to bring more governance expertise into the CB’s development of board policies and to help run the nomination process for new CB members.
Our Chair, Patrick Flynn and the Secretary, myself, will serve on the committee and we are looking for three ordinary members to join us.
It is our intention to hold 6, two hour meetings a year and committee members would be expected to attend the AGM which is typically held in March/April.
If you have any experience in governance and have an interest in getting involved, please reach out to me at email@example.com with an expression of interest.
A Members’ Affairs Committee??
The CB is committed to expanding the role of members within the Co-op during 2019, and will be bringing proposals to our next Talkin’ Co-op to consider setting 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.
If you are interested in getting involved in this proposal, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you can wait until further news in another blog post.