On 4 February, we welcomed members to our AGM held at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol. There was a workshop beforehand and we were pleased to welcome Sir Graham Melmoth, former CEO of The Co-operative Group, as our speaker.
Sir Graham grew up in London and worked for Fisons before joining the Co-operative Group in 1976. He was Chief Executive from 1996 to 2002 and is best known his part in preventing Andrew Regan's 1997 takeover bid.
He was able to persuade Tony Blair to launch the Co-operative Commission in 2000. Chaired by TUC general secretary John Monks, it produced a blueprint for the future of the movement and other mutual organisations.
Sir Graham's other work includes being a former Chairman of Ringway Developments and New Lanark Conservation Trust and a former director of prisoners' charity Nacro.
Workshop on brand
Our Marketing team held a workshop to illustrate how important brand is for a socially responsible organisation in a digital world. Ruth Semple, Head of Marketing at The Soil Association, offered her insight and thoughts on this interesting topic.
You can view the draft agenda here