An experienced co-operator who has dedicated her life to supporting vital good causes has been named as the new President of Central England Co-op.
Jane Avery, from Markfield, in Leicester, was unanimously elected as Society President this week and will now chair the Board of Directors.
Jane 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 and now President, Jane has devoted much of her professional life to supporting people looking to set up worker co-ops and social enterprise businesses, as well as supporting several other vital good causes such as Leicester Rape Crisis.
She will now be responsible for the leadership of the Board to ensure the Society carries out its commitment to be a successful co-operative business and to serve the best interests of the members in line with its long-term strategy.
Jane said: “It fills me with immense pride to have been elected as Central England Co-op President and I am excited about working closely with my fellow Board Directors during the next 12 months to support our ongoing efforts to continue to grow our strong, independent, and successful Society.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Elaine Dean, our outgoing President, for the amazing job she has done representing Central England Co-operative not just here in the UK but across the globe.”
Elaine will support Jane after being elected to the role of Society Vice-President.
Jim Watts, Society Secretary, said: “Jane has a long and close association with the Society spanning many years and is well known throughout Central England Co-operative and across the wider co-operative movement as a champion of co-operation and advocate of co-operative values and principles.
“Jane 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.”