2019 #BeingCoop Awards


The window for nominating your Co-op colleagues closed at midnight on 17 February 2019.

– 40% more than we had for last year’s awards. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate a colleague for the 2019 #BeingCoop Awards.

Now that our judges have read all the nominations, we’re delighted to reveal the finalists in each of the 13 categories. Each one of them has a great story to tell and can be very proud of their achievements so far.

We’ll be announcing the winners in April, so come back soon to find out who they are.

The Winners
Community star award - Colin Powell

Store Manager, Haxby’s Co-op

Colin has cemented himself in the local community by working with, and supporting over 15 different charities and organisations. Through a range of activities, he’s contributed to fundraising over £6,000 for multiple organisations to benefit from.

Co-op Member choice award - Ross Blackburn

Customer Team Member, Roundhay’s Co-op

Ross made a huge difference to the shopping experience of one of our members who was recovering from a brain haemorrhage. With his patient, helpful manner and outstanding service, he left our member feeling as valued as more able customers. With small acts of kindness from Ross, the results made a huge difference to the life of our customer. Read more

Do What Matters Most Award - Stuart Wallis

Store Manager, Ancaster’s Co-op

Following an attempted armed robbery in store, Stuart made sure he did everything in his power to get the store back to normal. He was on hand to provide invaluable support to all colleagues involved, including daily phonecalls just to check in.

Be Yourself Always Award - Louise Ewen

Customer Team Member, Kemnay’s Co-op

Louise overcame personal health challenges, without letting it affect her personality or interfere with her contribution to the store. She can always be relied on to put a smile on people’s face, treats every shift with enthusiasm and is considered a hero in the local community for all her involvement.

Show You Care Award - Annabel Davies

Funeral Director, Blackburn

Annabel goes out of her way to make sure everything is just right, to help relieve some of the pressures on families dealing with loss. Her compassion and dedication is especially important as she works a lot with families who’ve sadly lost children or babies.

Succeed Together Award (team award) - Castlewood depot

Despite facing various operational challenges throughout 2018, the Castlewood team also made time to fundraise. With over 20 different events ranging from raffles, sporting events and charity sales, the team raised a staggering £21,889 for local charities.

Store Colleague of the Year - Nicola Ireson

Team Manager, Weymouth Chickerell’s Co-op

In just over 12 months Nicola transformed into a confident Store Manager. With a passion for community involvement, Nicola built extensive links with the local organisations, even handwriting and delivering 400 cards signed ‘from your local Co-op’.

Insurance Colleague of the Year - Anthony McQueen

Customer Service Advisor, Miller Street Manchester

Anthony consistently puts the needs of others first, while offering additional support to the management team. With expert knowledge, he stepped up to help coach colleagues, and was also chiefly responsible for making sure a large scale desk move went smoothly.

Funeralcare Colleague of the Year - Samantha Ewins

Estate Planning Lead, Berkshire

Sam stepped up to unexpectedly cover the role of a second Estate Planning Lead. This involved recruiting new colleagues, delivering training and supporting management. The scale of the task meant that Sam was responsible for working across an entire region, looking after 28 funeral homes for three months.

Logistics Colleague of the Year - Laura Savinaite

Warehouse Operative, Avonmouth depot

Laura stepped in to reignite passion and energy amongst the Blue Arrow team, resetting the expectation of what good looks like. She supported colleagues through performance management, and took the lead to identify and train the next Blue Arrow Lead Associate, ensuring the hard work and high standards she set continue.

Life Planning and Legal Colleague of the Year - Bence Galambszogi,

Lead Case Manager Probate Operations, Bristol Aztec West

Bence works in an environment that requires high levels of technical knowledge, with cases possibly taking years to complete. During stressful times, his positive attitude raises the mood across the wider team. He’s both great with the law and with the people he works with.

Support Centre Colleague of the Year - Neil Moffatt

IT Infrastructure Project Manager, Support Centre

Neil displayed all the values needed to lead and deliver a project. He challenged a ‘them and us’ mentality and championed a one team approach. In addition, his working relationship with an international film festival meant that Co-op benefitted from the ability to display our food products to a global audience.

Co-op Apprentice of the Year - James Allen

Team Leader, Petrol Minster’s Co-op

From day 1 James was fully committed to his apprenticeship. He gave maximum effort to everything he does and has become a real asset to the business and his store team.

The Finalists
Community Star Award
  • Karl Hardie
    Store Manager, Lark Lane
  • Jean Jackson
    Customer Team Member, Ayr-Alloway
  • Enoch Kanagaraj
    Store Manager, Watford Abbotswood Park
  • Colin Powell
    Store Manager, Haxby
  • Allison Devine
    Customer Team Member, Bishopton
  • Chantelle Towers
    Funeral Arranger, East Leake
  • Lisa Davidson
    Funeral Arranger, Holmes of Dungannon
  • Nicola Bedford
    Store Manager, Alwoodley Nursery Lane
  • Julie Ashworth-Hill
    Insurance Customer Advisor Home Admin
  • Moira Cudmore
    Support Clerk, Avonmouth Depot
Co-op Member Choice award
  • Alex Renshaw
    Team manager, Knott end on Sea
  • Amy McKenzie
    Team Leader, Kirton in Lindsey Station Road
  • Annabel Gledhill
    Team Leader, Easingwold Long Street
  • David MacDonald
    Store Manager, Balloch
  • Deborah Bradley
    Store Manager, Gedling Road
  • Tywyn Store Team
  • Liz McClean
    Store Manager, Brodick
  • Jade Barnett
    Customer Team Member, Bellinge
  • Jayne Williams
    Funeral Arranger, North Street Romford
  • Julie Ellis
    Team Leader, Downend Road
  • Natalie Evans
    Store Manager, Roundhay
  • Ross Blackburn
    CTM, Roundhay
  • Steve Smith
    Store Manager, Burwell North Street
Do what matters most award
  • Alana Emley
    Team Leader, Bishopton
  • Julie Goldspring
    Team Manager, Hopton-on-Sea
  • Chloe Donegan
    Funeral Service Crew, Kilsyth Care Centre
  • Charles Mooney
    Funeral Operative, Kilsyth Care Centre
  • Samantha Swenarton
    Store Manager, Upper Malone
  • Stuart Wallis
    Store Manager, Ancaster Co-op
  • Emma Leeman
    Funeral Director, Tavistock
  • Briege Ashley
    Area Manager, N00208
  • Tracey Hayes
    Store Manager, Daliburgh
Be yourself always award
  • Don Tulloch
    Team Manager, Malpas
  • Louise Ewen
    Customer Team Member, Kemnay
  • Danny Matthews
    Apprenticeship Resourcing Lead
  • Lynn Slater
    Customer Team Member, Keyworth Wolds Drive
  • Jackie Savage
    Learning Facilitator
  • Paul Iles
    Team Manager, Wibsey
  • Tony Roddis
    Backshift , Castlewood Depot
  • Lisa Barringer
    Backshift, Castlewood Depot
Show you care award
  • Aaron Edwards-Ralph
    Customer Team Member, Romsey Saxon Way
  • Annabel Davies
    Funeral Director, Blackburn
  • Emma Cook
    Team Manager, Earlston Petrol Forecourt
  • Karin Stowell
    Customer Team Member, Clifton-Princess Victoria Street
  • Shan Newell
    Store Manager, Wrexham Crosslands
  • Dee Rowsell
    Funeral Arranger, Billericay
  • Philip Armstrong
    Area Manager, Retail Operations North
  • Ian Grant
    Funeral Director, Dumbarton
  • David Brook
    Store Manager. Adel
  • Carl Lawson
    Warehouse Operative, Birtley Depot
Succeed together award
  • Bradford Care Centre, Funeralcare
  • Hessle Co-op Store Team
  • North Area Managers N002
  • Monaco Muster Team Managers and Customer Service Managers, Insurance
  • Plymouth Depot Day Shift Team Managers
  • Castlewood Depot
  • Sales and Service Team, CSC
  • Bishopton New Store Team
  • Supply Chain Management & CI Team, Insurance
Store colleague of the year
  • John Houston
    Store Manager, Yardley Wood
  • Jake Sumbland
    Customer Team Member, Llandudno, Glan-Y-Mor Coop
  • Stephen McMahon
    Store Manager, Oldpark
  • Ben Troop
    Store Manager, Greenwood Avenue
  • Paul Stephenson
    Store Manager, Ripponden
  • Danny Bradley
    Customer Team Member, Woodlesford
  • Rachel Ayangunna
    Store Manager, Kentish Yown - Fortress Road
  • Grant Fender
    Team Leader, East Linton
  • Nicola Ireson
    Team Manager, Weymouth-Chickerell Road
Insurance colleague of the year
  • Cameron Mapstone
    Home Analysis and Implementation Manager
  • Mark McNichol
    Senior Supply Chain Assurance Consultant
  • John Campbell
    Lead Motor Supply Chain Manager
  • Alison Nixon
    Supply Chain Delivery Consultant
  • Anthony McQueen
    Customer Service Advisor
  • Lynn Jallands
    Data Governance Consultant
  • Robert Doran
    TPPD Claim Handler
Funeralcare colleague of the year
  • Fatou Gueye
    Repatriation Excellence Manager, Putney
  • Gaynor Gage
    Funeral Arranger, Rees Davies (Port Tennant)
  • Christina Parkinson
    Funeral Arranger, Guildford Woodbridge Hill FC
  • Terry Hood
    Funeral Director, Rosyth FC
  • Sue Elliot
    Funeral Arranger, South Shields FC
  • Anne Rantoul
    Funeral Arranger, Byker FC
  • Jane Johnson
    Funeral Arranger, Bamber Bridge FC
  • Jayne Tilling
    Funeral Arranger, Warwick- John Taylor FC
  • Samantha Ewins
    Estate Planning Lead, Berkshire RM FC
Logistics colleague of the year
  • Daniel Brown
    Stock Support Assistant, Lea Green Depot
  • Deborah Griffiths
    Warehouse Operations Manager, Thurrock Depot
  • Nicola Turnbull
    Planning Officer, Birtley Depot
  • Paul Thomas
    Warehouse Manager Avonmouth, Avonmouth Depot
  • Laura Savinaite
    Warehouse Operative, Avonmouth Depot
  • Martin Stack
    Regional Security Lead (North), Secondment 1AS, Home Role Newhouse Depot
  • Scott Greenhow
    Transport Yard Team Manager, Thurrock Depot
  • Stephen Prentice
    Driver Assessor, Newhouse DC
  • Alex Barthorpe (Reid)
    Engagement Support Assistant, Castlewood CDC
Life Planning and Legal Colleague of the Year
  • Bence Galambszogi
    Lead Case Manager in Probate Operations
  • Amy Reeves
    Trainee Case Manager
  • Josh O'Nyons
    Case Manager
  • Kyriaki Konstantinudou
    Probate Administratrator
  • Ronald Taylor
    Probate Advisor
  • Owen Coope
    Team Leader CLS
  • Juliet Frimpong-Manso
    Legal Advisory and Legal Expenses Team Manager
Support centre colleague of the year
  • Andrew Donkin
    Technical Manager Quality Assurance
  • Emma Winston
    Governance Officer
  • Jamie Payne
    Resourcing Change Partner
  • Neil Moffat
    IT Infrastructure Project Manager
  • Jenny Alleyne
    Head of Risk
  • Ryan Smith
    Retail Response and Resilience Officer
  • Jackie Carr
    Pensioner Welfare Officer
  • Katy Brown
    Programme Manager, Risk Health and Safety
  • Jen Murphy
    Licensing Team Manager
  • Christine Edge
    Programme Manager for Modern Workplace
Co-op Apprentice of the Year
  • Taylor Glover
    Apprentice Team Manager, Castlewood Depot
  • Janie Wheatley
    Warehouse Operative, Castlewood Depot
  • William Roberts
    Funeral Arranger, Downend
  • James Allen
    Team Leader, Petrol Minster
  • Jennifer Lawson
    Funeral Service Crew, Hartlepool
  • Peter Clark
    Team Manager, Maplethorpe
  • Corentin Vidick
    Warehouse Operative, Avonmouth Depot
  • Mandy McIntyre
    Customer Team Member, Bucksburn
  • James Leggett
    Store Manager, Crossways

2018 awards

This video tells the story of our first awards. You can also find out more about our 2018 winners.

The ways of #BeingCoop

  • Show you care
  • Succeed together
  • Be yourself, always
  • Do what matters most
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