A member wants to understand Co-operative structures

Robert writes:

As you say in one website post: ‘members have little influence on management and I certainly, though a member, after reading a recent newspaper report, have no idea of who the “mutual’s powerful regional representatives” are or where they came from.

I am puzzled by the regional structure and the branches that are direct members of the Manchester HQ and asked my friend who works there. She said “it is complicated”. She has worked there for nearly 20 years and does not like some of the “straight from a supermarket” new arrivals.

co-operative group structure - needs update (Ed: a chart showing the structure of the whole movement is needed)

I assume the often-mentioned plasterer and nurse are on the main board and not the bank direct. The inference is, ‘What would they know?’

In fact, probably enough to ask a few obvious questions and nowhere near as stupid or incompetent (or worse) as those that ran the bank and did not notice the £1500 million that was missing.

I suspect that the plasterer can run a small business and a senior banker could not run one to save his life.


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2 Responses to A member wants to understand Co-operative structures

  1. the question of co-operative structures is also a messy one as they can vary according to the type of co-op (consumer, worker, community, secondary, etc), its relative size, and also its internal culture…

    Co-operatives UK host a worker co-op code of governance on its website that quickly and easily outlines the different governance models adopted by worker co-ops, and the governance codes for consumer co-ops, and credit unions, also suggest some alternate models and structures as well which may be useful in reflecting on the Co-op Group currently ‘does it’

  2. admin says:

    Our reader wanted to understand the relationship between the Co-operative Group and its members, I think, Adrian – and also the wider national structure embracing the independent societies.

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