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Co-Operative Group Ltd (42TE.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Allan Leighton

2015 Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Steve Murrells

2017 Chief Executive Officer

Ian Ellis

67 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Rod Bulmer

Chief Executive - Consumer Services

Pippa Wicks

54 Chief Operating Officer

Sam Walker

Chief Human Resource Officer

Alistair Asher

Group General Counsel

Mike Bracken

2015 Chief Digital Officer

Helen Grantham

47 2016 Group Secretary

Hazel Blears

2015 Non-Executive Director

Paul Chandler

2015 Non-Executive Director

Rahul Powar

2018 Non-Executive Director

Ruth Spellman

2015 Non-Executive Director

Victor Adebowale

2016 Non-Executive Independent Director

Simon Burke

2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Christopher Kelly

2014 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Peter Plumb

2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Stevie Spring

59 2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Allan Leighton

Mr. Allan Leslie Leighton is Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has held a series of high profile roles, including Chief Executive of Asda from 1996 to 2000, Non-Executive Chairman of Royal Mail from 2002 to 2009 and President of Loblaw, the largest food retailer in Canada, from 2008 to 2011. Allan is currently the Chairman of Matalan Ltd, Entertainment One Ltd, Wagamama and Canal & River Trust. Allan is also Deputy Chairman of Pandora AS.

Steve Murrells

Mr. Steve Murrells is the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He joined as Chief Executive of The Co-operative Food in 2012. Previously CEO of Danish meat company, Tulip. Has a long history in fresh food retailing, having held a number of positions with Tesco, including CEO for One Stop Stores and Commercial Director of Fresh Foods. Has also worked within buying and trading for Sainsbury’s.

Ian Ellis

Mr. Ian Ellis is no longer Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company, effective May 2019. He Joined as Chief Finance Officer for the Group in 2015. Previously CFO for Wilkos for nearly eight years and prior to that held a number of senior finance positions at Morrisons and Northern Foods Plc.

Rod Bulmer

Mr. Rod Bulmer is Chief Executive - Consumer Services of the Company. He joined the Group Executive in 2014 after seven years with the Co-operative Financial Services and the Co-operative Banking Group. Before joining the Group, held roles including Managing Director of Retail within the UK operation at Santander Group and Director of Branch Network at Abbey National Group.

Pippa Wicks

Ms. Pippa Wicks is Chief Operating Officer of the Company. She working with the Group since 2014 from the business consultants AlixPartners where she co-founded the firm’s European operations. Prior to joining AlixPartners, she was CEO of FT Knowledge, a division of Pearson plc, Group CFO of Courtaulds Textiles plc and a senior manager with Bain & Company strategy consultants. While at AlixPartners she has taken on a number of interim CEO and COO positions at UK and European companies.

Sam Walker

Ms. Sam Walker is Chief Human Resource Officer of the Company. She Joined the Group in 2013 from Britvic Soft Drinks. Has over 27 years’ experience in HR across a number of sectors including media, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and utilities. She has also worked within marketing, sales and operations.

Alistair Asher

Mr. Alistair Asher is Group General Counsel of the Company. He joined the Group in 2013 from Allen & Overy LLP where he was a senior partner and Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group. Alistair had a 34 year career with Allen & Overy, 26 of them as a partner and represented several major building societies, banks and companies in a wide range of commercial and corporate finance transactions.

Mike Bracken

Mr. Mike Bracken is Chief Digital Officer of the Company. He Joined the Co-op as Chief Digital Officer in October 2015. His focus will be on creating a Co-op fit for the digital age, based on an open, agile culture and excellent digital services. Since 2011, Mike was at the Cabinet Office as Executive Director of Digital and more recently was also appointed as the Government’s first Chief Data Officer.

Helen Grantham

Ms. Helen Grantham is Group Secretary of the Company. She joined as Group Secretary in January 2016. Qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and for the last 20 years has practised as both a General Counsel and Company Secretary for listed companies working at Board level, most recently for Dixons Carphone PLC.

Hazel Blears

Ms. Hazel Blears is Non-Executive Director of the Company. She was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015, representing Salford and Eccles. Hazel has held a number of senior positions in government including Public Health Minister, Police and Counter Terrorism Minister and Communities Secretary. Hazel also served on the National Intelligence and Security Committee. Hazel’s other roles include being a Member of the Advisory Board of Aspire (a health and social care co-op), Chair of the Social Investment Business and Chair of the Institute for Dementia at Salford University.

Paul Chandler

Mr. Paul Chandler is Non-Executive Director of the Company. He was Chief Executive of Traidcraft from 2001 to 2013, and President of the European Fair Trade Association from 2005 to 2012. Drawing on his fair trade experience and early career at Barclays Bank, Paul is now focusing on promoting responsible practices in business and financial services. Paul is also Chair of the William Leech Foundation and Durham Cathedral Council, a Director of Shared Interest, a Fellow of St Chad’s College in Durham University and a Trustee of the County Durham Community Foundation.

Rahul Powar

Mr. Rahul Powar is Non-Executive Director of the Company. Rahul has a distinguished and proven track record within the digital and technology sector having been part of the founding team at Shazam Entertainment Ltd in 2002 and will join The Co-op Board with effect from today. He Obtains an M.Eng in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Warwick. He was Shazam Entertainment Ltd, where he is employed as Principal Technical Architect.

Ruth Spellman

Ms. Ruth Spellman is Non-Executive Director of the Company. She was appointed as Chief Executive of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) - an organisation with the same roots as the Co-op. She is the first female to hold this position. Ruth was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to workplace learning. Ruth’s non-executive roles include being a Director of the Centre for Talent and Innovation and a Council Member of the Open University. Ruth is also Chair of the Staff Strategy Committee and Trustee of Adviza, a careers advisory company. In her career, Ruth has been a CEO of three membership organisations. Ruth was formerly Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and has previously been CEO of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Investors in People (IIP) UK. Ruth worked as a senior consultant in HR in the private sector and was HR Director of the NSPCC.

Victor Adebowale

Lord Victor Adebowale is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He is Chief Executive of the social care enterprise, Turning Point. He’s been involved in a number of taskforce groups who advise the Government on mental health, learning disabilities and the role of the voluntary sector. He’s Co-Chair of the Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health National Steering Group and a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. He’s also a member of the National Employment Panel, the New Economics Foundation Board and the Institute for Fiscal Studies Council. On top of all that, Victor is on the policy advisory board of the Social Market Foundation, and on the board of the National School of Government.

Simon Burke

Mr. Simon P. Burke is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He was previously an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Group’s subsidiary, Co-operative Food Holdings Ltd. Simon was appointed Chair of the Group Risk & Audit Committee on 25 June 2015. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and is currently a Non-Executive Director for the BBC, and Chair of The Light Cinemas (Holdings) Limited and Blue Diamond Limited. Simon was previously Chair of both BathStore and Hobbycraft, and CEO for Virgin Retail, Virgin Cinemas and Virgin Entertainment Group.

Christopher Kelly

Sir Christopher Kelly is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He chaired the Group’s independent review which considered the events leading up to the re-capitalisation plan for The Co-operative Bank plc in 2013. Prior to this Sir Christopher was a senior public servant for many years. Sir Christopher currently chairs the King’s Fund and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and previously chaired the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the NSPCC. Sir Christopher has also been a senior official in HM Treasury and was Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.

Peter Plumb

Mr. Peter Plumb is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He has been the CEO of Moneysupermarket.com, the leading price comparison service in the UK, since 2009. Peter studied civil engineering at Birmingham University and gained an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. Peter was UK Managing Director of dunnhumby, the engine room of Tesco’s Clubcard, and has also held senior leadership roles in top consumer businesses including Disney, Dyson and PepsiCo.

Stevie Spring

Ms. Stevie Spring is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. She is a respected Board Director with broad Executive and Non- Executive experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors. After a successful career in brand marketing and consumer advertising, she became CEO of Clear Channel, the world’s largest radio, out of home and live entertainment company; then of Future PLC, an international media company, where she led its digital transformation. Stevie’s portfolio currently includes Chairing ITG; Kino-mo (both technology companies specialising in retail) and BBC Children in Need. Stevie serves on the Boards of Kent University and the ALCS and was named in The Sunday Times/Debretts 2016 list of Britain’s 500 most influential people.