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, my role as Training Manager directly involved opening 190 new convenience stores across England, and I also managed the Post Office division.

I have lectured at eight colleges, including Southdown College, Highbury Tech and Southampton City College, plus seven years at the Co-operative College, teaching management, marketing and accounting. I have a degree and a number of qualifications in management accounting and marketing, including the Diploma in Co-operative Management.

Recent governance experience includes ten years as Vice Chair of Hermitage Housing Association, including being on the Guinness Trust Audit Committee. I have experience as a Director of a Credit Union and four years on the Board of The Southern Co-operative. I re-joined the Board of The Southern Co-operative in 2014, also serving on the Society’s Audit Committee and its Governance Committee.

An active and vocal advocate of Co-operatives, I am keenly involved in a number of Co-operative organisations, on the executive of the National Federation of Progressive Co-operators as well as editor of their magazine.

I am also an amateur artist and volunteer with the National Trust, specialising in art and social history, and an active member of a local sports club.”

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