Let us introduce your Board of Directors, whose role is to represent members’ interests by ensuring that Southern Co-op operates as a successful co-operative business.

The Board comprises nine directors who are directly elected from the members by the members, of whom up to three may be colleague directors.  This means they are currently employed within Southern Co-op.  In addition, according to Southern Co-op’s constitutional rules, the Board may, subject to member ratification, appoint up to two additional directors as it sees fit and business needs require.  At the AGM on 25th May 2017, on the recommendation of the Board, the members approved the appointment of Mark Ralf, a member of the Society, as Chair Designate. He has now been appointed as Chair by the Board on retirement of our previous Chair.

All Southern Co-op directors must represent the interests of the membership as a whole and not any particular sector so, in particular, colleague directors must consider all members and not just other colleagues.  The Board determines the strategy of Southern Co-op in consultation with the Chief Executive, ensures that long-term objectives are established, policies are approved to achieve these objectives and that the performance of the Chief Executive and his leadership team is monitored effectively.

* Mark Ralf, an existing member of Southern Co-op, was appointed as a director in accordance with the Rules of Southern Co-op on 25th May 2017.  All other directors are elected from the members by the members. Read more on Mark Ralf’s appointment, here.

The Board of Directors are

Please click on each director image to read their biography

Southern Co-op Board of Directors 2017

Southern Co-op Board of Directors 2017
Mark Ralph Elizabeth Rogers Helen Jackson Neil Blanchard Gareth Lewis Silena Dominy Amber Vincent-Prior John Harrington Bev Wyatt Joanne Gray Jason Crouch

Mark Ralph

Elizabeth Rogers

Helen Jackson

Neil Blanchard

Gareth Lewis

Silena Dominy

Amber Vincent-Prior

John Harrington

Bev Wyatt

Joanne Gray

Jason Crouch

Elections for Board of Directors

All members are entitled to vote in the elections for the Board of Directors, provided they are at least 16 years old and have been in membership of the Society for at least six months.
To register to vote please contact Member Support on freephone 0800 65 20 124 or email: membersupport@southerncoops.co.uk by 19th March for 2018 election.
Alternatively eligible members may vote in person, on election day, at our Head Office in Portsmouth.