Central England Co-op duo re-appointed to roles of President and Vice President

Central England Co-op can today announce that President Elaine Dean and Vice President Jane Avery have been re-appointed to their positions for another year by the Society’s Board of Directors.

Elaine will now serve for a third year in the role and Jane for a second, with the pair reaming in post for the next 12 months.

Jim Watts, Society Secretary, said: “Elaine and Jane both have a long and close association with the Society spanning many years and are well known throughout Central England Co-operative and across the wider co-operative movement as champions of co-operation and advocates of co-operative values and principles.

“Elaine, Jane and their fellow Board Directors will continue to work closely with our Chief Executive Debbie Robinson and her executive team in developing the Society’s strategy as a relevant and progressive co-operative business.

“We wish Elaine and Jane continued success in their roles after being re-appointed.”

Elaine Dean holds a very unique honour as she is the first woman from Derby to be President of Central England Co-operative.

The former teacher, who lives in Mickleover with her husband Peter and dog Nellie, has had a passion for the co-operative movement from a very young age and takes great pride in showcasing the work of Central England Co-op not just across the UK, but across the globe.

Jane Avery had her first encounter with co-operatives at the age of 13 and has never looked back.

Alongside her current role as a Board Member, Jane has devoted much of her professional life to supporting people looking to set up worker co-ops as well as supporting several other vital good causes such as Leicester Rape Crisis.

Earlier this month, Central England Co-op announced the results of its 2019 Board elections.

Marta Mayhew, from Kettering, Dave Ellgood and Richard Bickle, both from Birmingham, were re-elected and will be joined on the Board by John Howells, from Loughborough. All four will serve for the next three years.



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Picture caption: Jane Avery and Elaine Dean have been re-appointed to their roles of Vice President and President respectively at Central England Co-op.

About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.


Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to member activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative


Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop