Tag Archives: Peter Marks

Concerned co-operators continue to require a different calibre of management

. As the failings of co-operative executives – once aired only in the Letters columns of the Co-operative News – are now being dissected in parliament and the press, and as Paul Flowers’ peccadillo hits the headlines, once again concerned … Continue reading

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‘Weak control of managers’ behaviour’: a concerned co-operator’s recent experience

. A belated but relevant posting Brian Groom, Business and Employment Editor of the FT – and for some time a supportive commentator on the co-operative scene – had mentioned that “the near-failure of the Co-op bank has reawakened an … Continue reading

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Have banking and food stores “expanded in the wrong areas“ ?

An email from a concerned co-operator said that Robert Peston had announced that the Co-op was pulling out of banking. Though it has decided to sell its general insurance arm, CEO Peter Marks is adamant it would remain present in … Continue reading

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Co-operative democracy – 1: Peter Marks, the Group’s CEO

Late in October I wrote to colleagues in an organisation working with energy co- operatives who were expressing ‘starry-eyed’ views of the movement. I quoted from a recent article in the Co-operative News : Co-operative Group Chief Executive Peter Marks … Continue reading

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Co-operative democracy – 2: an experienced and committed member’s response to Peter Marks’ words

I find it very strange that Peter Marks should have said that Co-op democracy is sometimes a brake on progress for large retail societies (News, October 23rd). Peter has been involved in the Movement for many years, so he is … Continue reading

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Co-operative democracy – 3: a constructive reply

Another colleague who is close to the movement, and has written about some of its projects, replied (headlines added): The business models are the way they are and all guided by KPMG, Deloittes, etc. What you had to say is … Continue reading

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