Board of Directors

Roles and responsibilities of directors

The directors are responsible for the strategic direction of Co-operative & Community Finance and for managing the staff. The directors receive no remuneration for their involvement although they can be reimbursed for essential expenses.

The directors have various legal responsibilities including overseeing the preparation of the annual report and the financial statements. They are responsible for keeping proper accounting records and for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the company or society and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

Nominate or elect a director

We want more people to be involved in the process of appointing our directors. We want more people to nominate candidates, to stand for election and to vote. We actually have two boards of directors – this is explained in our structure & governance – but at present the same people sit on both boards, although this is not a requirement.

Each year one third of the directors of each board retire from office to make way for an election. We welcome our members to get more involved with the democratic management of Co-operative & Community Finance.

So if you would like to volunteer as a potential director or nominate someone, please email info@coopfinance.coop or phone 0117 916 6750.

Our current board of directors

Jon Nott (chair)
Jon Nott (chair)

(elected 30/06/17)
Jon was General Secretary of Woodcraft Folk, the children and young people’s co-operative, for eight years. Before this he was Chief Executive of the Green Party in the run up to the election of their first MP in 2010. With a background in worker co-ops and membership-led campaigning organisations, Jon is an expert in democratic governance and engagement.

James Alcock | Plunkett Foundation
James Alcock | Plunkett Foundation

(elected 30/06/17)
James is Executive Director of Plunkett Foundation, the national charity that promotes and supports co-operative ventures in rural communities. He has worked closely with Co-operative & Community Finance on programmes to support community shops and co-operative pubs.

Andrew Harrison | Co-ownership Solutions
Andrew Harrison | Co-ownership Solutions

(elected 26/06/18)
Andrew’s expert knowledge and working experience of employee-ownership has been gained from his positions within Eaga PLC, Baxi Partnership Ltd, and Sutcliffe Play Ltd. In addition to being the employee elected Director at Baxi Partnership Andrew was able to use his considerable experience to guide companies new to the world of co-ownership and support a range of existing co-owned companies. Andrew is currently the Independent Chair of Trustees for Sutcliffe Play and Secretary of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust.

Dave Hollings | CMS Co-operative
Dave Hollings | CMS Co-operative

(elected 26/06/18)
Dave is a founder member and Director of Co-operative and Mutual Solutions Limited, a consultancy business providing advice and support to co-operatives and social enterprises. Besides holding management positions in several co-operatives and credit unions he has 20 years experience in providing advice and developmental support to co-operative and mutual enterprises.

Daniel Holden  | Unicorn Grocery
Daniel Holden | Unicorn Grocery

(elected 26/06/18)
Daniel has been a member of the Manchester worker co-op Unicorn Grocery for over 10 years and was co-chair from 2015 to 2018. He has a good understanding of the financial needs of small co-operative businesses. He takes a keen interest in the co-operative movement and has been actively involved in the establishment of the worker co-op solidarity fund and often attends co-operative networking events.

Andy Love (former MP) | ICO Fund plc Shareholders’ rep
Andy Love (former MP) | ICO Fund plc Shareholders’ rep

(elected 30/06/17)
Andy joined the Labour Party in 1975 and five years later he was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey. In May 1997 he was elected as the Labour and Co-operative Party Member of Parliament for Edmonton. From 2005 to 2015 Andy was been a member of the Treasury Select Committee, which investigates issues surrounding the economy and the banking and financial sectors. He stood down from Parliament before the 2015 General Election.

Carl Pitchford | financial consultant
Carl Pitchford | financial consultant

(elected 30/06/17)
Carl is a certified internal auditor who also has 30 years’ experience of working with employee-owned firms and worker co-operatives. He is committed to democratic ownership having supported employee ownership and co-operative ventures in various countries. Carl is involved in advising on co-operation among co-operatives, international development and alternative forms of financing. He is a speaker, trainer and facilitator focusing on financial literacy and the advantages of the co-operative model.

Jenny Smith | Co-operative Solutions
Jenny Smith | Co-operative Solutions

(elected 30/06/17)
Jenny has actively involved in co-operatives and community activity since the 1980s. She has helped to set up and develop many co-operatives and credit unions. She has also held key positions in the UK co-operative movement including directorships at ICOM and the Phone Co-op.

Brian Titley (treasurer) | Co-operative Assistance Network
Brian Titley (treasurer) | Co-operative Assistance Network

(elected 17/06/16)
A long-standing Co-operative and Community Finance trustee, Brian has been Staff Trustee and is currently Treasurer. Brian has worked in worker co-operatives for the past 25 years, and for the past decade, Brian has been a member and director of Co-operative Assistance Network, a co-operative development body assisting the development of co-operatives and social enterprises. Brian specialises in finance, marketing and governance.

Bruce Wood | Co-operative Consultant
Bruce Wood | Co-operative Consultant

(elected 17/06/16)
Bruce has been actively committed to the co-operative and wider movement for social ownership since founding Central London’s first commercial lesbian and gay cafe-bar as a worker co-op in 1986. Since then both in professional and voluntary capacities he worked in co-operative and social enterprise development. His last job was running the enterprise loan fund for London Rebuilding Society. He is now a freelance consultant and trainer. He has been a trustee of ICOF/CCF since 1994, and is a past Chair of its board.

Representatives from nominated bodies

Zena King | Co-operatives UK
Zena King | Co-operatives UK

(nominated 30/06/17)
Zena King represents Co-operatives UK the voice and network of co-operative businesses. Zena is based in Manchester and works with the Secretary General on governance and planning.