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2023 #BeingCoop Awards


This year's Awards have now closed for entries. You’ve voted for your Colleagues’ Choice winners, and the CEOs have chosen their CEO’s Choice winners.

Thank you to everyone who nominated a colleague. It's been another brilliant year, and we've received 996 nominations.

We received

996 Nominations

You can see the full list of finalists, runners-up and winners for each category in the dropdown lists below.

Succeed Together Award (team award) - PaCT – (Parents and Carers Together) –Colleague Choice Winner

PaCT has grown and developed even more over the last 12 months, tackling difficult conversations about topics such as self-harm, mental health in children, adoption, fertility, infant loss and caring responsibilities. Read more

Succeed Together Award (team award) - Time to Talk Day Working Group – CEO's Choice Winner

Time to Talk Day (TTTD) is the nation’s biggest conversation about mental health. As part of Co-op’s vision ‘Co-operating for a fairer world’ and our mental wellbeing mission, we partnered on the day alongside Mind, SAMH and Inspire to encourage more people to talk about their mental wellbeing. Read more

Be Yourself Always - Kathy O’Grady – CEO's Choice Winner
Funeral Arranger - Plymouth

Kathy has worked for the Co-op for over 15 years. It’s important to know that she’ll be turning 70 on her next birthday. Read more

Be Yourself Always - Natasha Wilding – CEO's Choice Winner
Store Manager - Fortuneswell – Food Store South

I am nominating Nat Wilding for the Be Yourself Always Award because she’s the most deserving person I can think of for this title. Read more

Community Star - James Pentland – CEO's Choice Winner
Demand Planner - Category Supply Team - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ

James is the first to say he didn’t have an easy time of it as an adolescent and as such, is absolutely committed to providing safe, healthy, and productive activities for the community of Platt Bridge. Read more

Community Star - Kate Parsons – Colleague Choice Winner
Funeral Service Manager - Exeter RM FC – Exeter

I don't think you could find anyone more deserving than Kate Parsons to receive the Community Star Award for Co-op. Read more

Do What Matters Most - Amy Wickham – Colleague Choice Winner
Junior Product Developer - Commercial Delicious Food – Product Development – Manchester – Angel Square MHQ

I am nominating my colleague Amy because she has impeccably demonstrated the Co-op behaviour ‘do what matters most’, helping to feed the local homeless community by using the surplus open food generated from product submissions (food that cannot be donated to food banks because it doesn’t have a use by date).
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Do What Matters Most - Helen Walker – CEO's Choice Winner
Charity Marketing Manager - Nisa MADL - Scunthorpe - Member Support Centre

Helen is a true Nisa superstar; she has worked for Nisa for almost five years and has grown so much in her role in that time and does an excellent job promoting Nisa’s fantastic charity. Read more

Show You Care - Ashley Paris – CEO's Choice Winner
Engagement Co-ordinator - Central Operations - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ

Ashley joined the Co-op as an Engagement Co-ordinator (EC) during the pandemic. In 2½ years, she has become a leading EC for Logistics, going above and beyond to bring engagement and care to 800 colleagues and the local community. Read more

Show You Care - Shane Reeves – Colleague Choice Winner
Store Manager - Shirebrook - Food Stores North

Shane has worked for the Co-op for 30 years, the last eight of these in the Shirebrook, Mansfield store. Read more

Co-op Apprentice of the Year - Kerry Bolton – CEO's Choice Winner
Buying Assistant - Commercial Buying - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ

Kerry was a Wholesale Category Assistant at Nisa for 20 months before recently being promoted to become a Buying Assistant within the Commercial team and the Co-op. Read more

Co-op Apprentice of the Year - Megan Aspey – Colleague Choice Winner
Property Apprentice - Property Construction - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ

In the Property team, we love to introduce young talent to the business, and to support them we enrol our new recruits onto apprenticeship programmes. Read more

Inclusion Award - Cassie Brzoza – Colleague Choice Winner
Data Analyst – Risk - Information Security - Information Security

I would like to nominate my colleague Cassie for an inclusion award. Read more

Inclusion Award - Melanie Beese – CEO's Choice Winner
Application Engineer - Colleague Products - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ

Mel’s journey with Co-op began in 2016. Read more

Co-operating for a fairer world - Joanne Jones – CEO's Choice Winner
Store Manager - Deganwy - Park Road - Food Stores North

Joanne has one of the most positive attitudes towards helping those around her and caring for the world that we share. Read more

Co-operating for a fairer world - Michael Donkin & Michael Henderson – Colleague Choice Winner
Project Managers - Transformation - Change Delivery - Manchester - Angel Square MH

Michael Donkin and Michael Henderson are project managers working in the Transformation Delivery team. Read more

  • Aylsham Hub
  • Sarah Howarth
    Admin Assistant, Nisa Sales – Manchester
  • Adam Kimche
    Funeral Director, Enfield Lancaster Road FC
  • Tessa Wiley
    Community Business Partner - Strategy, CMCO Community Strategy & Engagement - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Reece Carlisle
    Logistics Process Improvement Analyst, Central Operations- Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Vee Jadva
    Logistics Process & Change Co-ordination Lead, Central Operations - Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Louise Combellack
    Team Leader, Roche - Food Stores South
  • NISA Wellbeing Champions 
  • Retail Team North
  • Talkback Team 
  • Charlotte McArthur
    Community & Membership Participation Advisor, Manchester
  • David Peek
    Store Manager, Heald Green
  • Joanne Weatherall 
    Funeral Arranger, Penistone FC
  • Lee Gale 
    Warehouse Manager, Avonmouth 
  • Simon Allen-Ridge
    Store Manager, Llantwit Major
  • Toni Graham
    Member Pioneer, Sherburn
  • Alison Holland
    Member Pioneer, Hamble
  • Dorothy Miller
    Member Pioneer, Hibaldstow - Redbourne Road
  • Jade Gibbs
    Team Leade, Milborne Port - Gainsborough
  • Mark Laker
    Store Colleague/Member Pioneer, Castleton
  • Maureen Breeze
    Member Pioneer, Melksham
  • Samantha Ward
    Funeral Arranger, Mexborough FC
  • Sarah White
    Customer Team Member, Petrol Gunnislake - Drakewalls
  • Sophie Beresford
    Campaign Manager, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Andrew Coxhead
    LGV Driver, Castlewood CDC - RT RT
  • Ann-Marie Anderton
    Team Leader, Oxenhope
  • Chloe Warwick
    Team Leader, Blackpool - North Drive
  • David Foster
    Work Measurement Systems Specialist, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Dean Clark
    Store Manager, Edinburgh - Milton Road West
  • Sebastian Sochaki
    Planning Co-ordinator, Newhouse Distribution Centre
  • Bruno Reina
    Funeral Director, Taunton Branch & Care Centre FC
  • Jason Selkirk
    Training Delivery Lead Logistics, Birtley CDC RT
  • Lee Wellburn
    Store Manager, Stocksbridge
  • Liz Salthouse
    PMO Analyst, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Matt Chandler & Ray Harris
    Funeral Service Crew, Taunton Branch & Care Centre FC
  • Shane Todd
    Driver Logistics, Plymouth Dist.Centre
  • Susan Thomson
    Member Pioneer, Kinross - High Street RT
  • Ahamed Kundil
    Team Leader, Walton - Terrace Road
  • Chris Lovell
    Store Manager, Warren Way
  • Kieran Mcgrotty
    Logistics Team Manager, Newhouse Distribution Centre
  • Nikki Taylor
    Risk Manager Food Safety, Field Based
  • Nora Boneva
    Team Leader, Winter Hey Lane
  • Thomas Harper
    Store Manager, Maidenbower
  • Denise Metcalf
    Compliance Officer, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Juliet Mulholland
    Customer Service Manager, Biggleswade Depot RT
  • Kerry Jary and Debroah O’Reilly
    The Aspire Co-Chairs, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ Biggleswade Depot RT
  • Rachel Maughan
    Funeral Service Manager, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear RM FC
  • Richard Wojcik
    Store Manager, Soho - 104/105 Berwick Street
  • Kathryn Adamiak
    Sustainability Delivery Officer, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Kerry Jary
    L&D Campaign Manager, Manchester - Angel Square MHQ
  • Lauren Nichols
    Store Manager, Cranfield - High Street
  • Natasha Wilding
    Store Manager, Fortuneswell
  • Trevor Wrigley
    Store Manager, Wanlip Lane Birstall
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