Co-op manager has dual role
8:20am Friday 5th October 2012 in News
The manager of the Co-operative food store in Hayle has secured a place on the Co-operative Group’s Cornwall and Isles of Scilly area committee for the first time in the latest round of elections.
There were four seats available, and anyone with an interest in helping shape how the business is run was eligible to stand, including employees such as Paul Westaway from the Hayle store.
Mr Westaway will serve a three-year term and will attend meetings to contribute to the running of the group as a whole, as well as getting involved in local activity such as allocating community funding and representing the Co-operative at events.
Pete Vallance, democratic services manager for the Co-operative in the South West, said: “Our area committees are made up of a whole mix of people from many different backgrounds, and there is no reason why a store manager shouldn’t wear two hats, that of an employee and also of an elected member.
“Paul is well aware of the issues that face local people and he has a great working knowledge of the business. I’m sure he will be an asset to the committee.”
Mr Westaway said: “Being elected onto the committee means I will be able to have an input to the bigger picture, and I can share my experience of working with member customers on the shop floor to help benefit the business as a whole.”
Co-operative members interested in standing for election next year can register their interest by contacting the regional membership office on 01884 266892.