Entries by southerncoops

Mark Ralf

“I can still remember our co-op number from the age of eight.  Today, many years later, the principle of reinvesting our profits in our business, our members, our communities and our associates is very important to me – and I know it can work very well for all. I am a Chartered Director with the […]

Bev Wyatt

“I am proud to have been employed by Southern Co-op for over 14 years. I joined as a Store Manager in 2003, allowing me the opportunity to continue in retail along with the opportunity to be fully engaged with local communities, schools and groups such as Fairtrade societies.  Southern Co-op actively promotes the development of […]

Elizabeth Rogers

“I have many years’ experience of working in business development in commercial companies, teaching and managing in higher education and some part-time roles in other social enterprises. From 2005-9, I chaired the UK standards body that formulated the National Occupational Standards for Sales, and I consider myself a pioneer of sales education. When selling is […]

Neil Blanchard

“My involvement with The Southern Co-operative (TSC) started in 1990 when I joined as a Trainee Accountant. I spent 17 years working for TSC, qualifying as an accountant and working in various financial roles culminating as Head of Performance Measurement. I have always had an interest in the education sector and so decided to broaden […]

Mike Hastilow

“I am currently Chairman of The Southern Co-operative (TSC) and also chair TSC’s Governance Committee, Remuneration and Appointments Committee and TSC’s Group Pension Scheme Trustee Board. As Chairman, I am working with the Board and colleagues to ensure that TSC’s governance structure is fit for purpose as the business grows in scale and complexity. I […]

John Harrington

“A member of The Southern Co-operative since 1973, I am committed to maintaining the society as a successful independent co-operative and a model employer. I have worked for three Co-operative societies, including Store Manager and Senior Training Manager roles with The Southern Co-operative. As part of the senior management team who developed One Stop Stores, […]

Fran Hobson

“I have been a member of the Society since 1998 and value TSC’s ethical and community focus, as well as it’s drive for addressing sustainability issues. I put myself forward to be a director of TSC in 2006 and since this time my knowledge and experience of the business has grown. The decisions made as […]

Diane Knight

“My first job with The Southern Co-operative was back in 1966, working in a department store in Petersfield for four years. Since then, I have worked in TSC’s stores small and large, with roles from CSA (Customer Service Assistant) to Manager. As maternity leave didn’t exist when I had children, I had to leave but […]

Amber Vincent-Prior

“I joined The Southern Co-operative when it was called Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative Society (PIMCO) and I was a teenager, because of my belief in Co-operative values: caring for others, community concern, democracy, equality, plus the ethical values of honesty, openness, self-help, self and social responsibility. I have been involved voluntary youth and children’s work […]

Andrew Cast

“TSC is so much more than just a shop; it’s about being part of the community and giving something back. It’s about the members, not just making the maximum for shareholders and this really resonates with me. I’ve been a TSC member since 2013; my motivation to join was the frequency I shopped in my […]