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Lincolnshire Co-op is on the lookout for candidates who want to make a difference in our local communities to stand for election to join our Board in a non-executive capacity.

We’re an independent member-owned retail co-operative, owned by our 300,000 local members and we operate over 200 outlets in Lincolnshire and surrounding counties (North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire).

      We strive to have a Board made up of members with a range of skills and experience that complement each other. We’re looking for candidates from a variety of backgrounds that have a range of skills to set our strategy and vision and ensure our long-term success.

      We have a competency framework which outlines the attributes and experience we expect within the Board.

      Being at Director at Lincolnshire Co-op is an interesting and varied role. Directors are elected and are accountable to the members that own the Society. Directors make decisions objectively in the interests of the Society, guided by our governing document and code of conduct.

      An election for our Board of Directors takes place in May each year, and successful candidates are usually elected for a 3-year term. Directors can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms (a total of nine years).

      Becoming a director is a significant commitment - likely to equate to around 28 days per year. There are 13 Board meetings held each year, which are held in Lincoln, plus most directors also sit on subcommittees. There is also a two-day strategy seminar and representing the Society at Annual Members’ Meetings and other member events.

      Our Board is responsible for ensuring that we continue to be a successful co-operative. Main responsibilities include:

      Understanding the Society’s business and setting its strategic direction in line with our unique purpose and approach.

      Monitoring the performance of the business against key performance indicators and objectives.

      Making decisions in the spirit of co-operative values and principles and for the long term success of the Society.

      To stand for election to the Board of Directors you must:

      • be aged 18 years or over
      • have been a member of Lincolnshire Co-op for at least 3 years
      • have made purchases with Lincolnshire Co-op totaling £1,500 over the past 3 years, with at least £500 per year in at least two of the three years.

      If you don’t currently meet these criteria but think that you may have something to offer, we’d still like to hear from you.

      Directors receive an annual fee of £8,500 plus expenses to recognise their contribution, with enhanced fees paid to the Chair, President and Vice President.

      Key dates

      11th February 2023 Closing date for expressing your interest in becoming a Director of the Society, to enter the recruitment process for our 2023 director elections.
      10th March 2023 Closing date for receipt of candidate nomination forms including candidates’ personal statement and completed competency framework submissions.

      To express your interest and apply

      To express your interest in standing for a position on our Board of Directors, please email elections@lincolnshire.coop no later than 11th February 2023.

      To then apply, please complete and return the three documents below by 10th March 2023.

      Documents are to be returned to:

      Stanley Bett House
      15-23 Tentercroft Street
      Lincoln
      LN5 7DB

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