So what would be expected of me? And what support would I get?

Not only are directors legally required to demonstrate such care and skill as a person with their background and experience but they are also expected to show the levels of care and skill as someone in the position of director of a retail business with over £400m turnover reasonably would be expected to show.  To this end, directors are required to demonstrate a level of skill on election and to participate in training and development programmes in order to update their knowledge and capabilities and assist them in achieving these standards.  On appointment, directors receive an induction designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of Southern Co-op and their role as a director.  You should consider whether you personally believe you can fulfil these requirements.  All directors are required to sign acceptance of, and comply with, a Code of Conduct for Directors which sets out the minimum standard of professional behaviour expected of directors of Southern Co-op.