Board of Directors

The Tamworth Co-operative Society’s Board of Directors live in the Society’s trading area. They are members of the Society who have been elected by fellow members. They each serve for three years and can then stand for re-election.

The Member Relations Department is run by the Member Relations Committee, a sub-committee of the board based at the Society’s head office in Tamworth. The committee spearheads an ongoing recruitment drive to ensure the Society’s customers are also its members and vice versa.It also ensures the Society is working in the best interests of both its members and the local community. (See Community Dividend Fund)

Your opportunity to GET INVOLVED

Your chance to help shape the future of Tamworth Co-operative Society

The Society has a Board of nine Directors elected by our Members. Directors normally serve a three year term and may subsequently submit nominations for further terms. Appointments are made each year at the Society Annual General Meeting, which takes place in April. Under the Society Rules nominations have to be received around the end of the calendar year for the AGM in the following year. Remuneration is applicable for these important positions.

You don’t need to have any particular experience as training will be provided but you do need to be a Member of the Society, interested in us and be a customer spending at least £750 each year. Please note that the spending requirement comes from the Society Rules and has to be verified each year either by the Dividend Card or by submitting receipts. The Rules restrict the number of employees or retired employees that can be on the Board at any time. There are around thirteen full Board Meetings each year normally on Tuesday evenings. Some meetings may also take place on Saturdays. Please note that to be eligible to be a Director you need to have been a Member of the Society for at least two years at the date of the Annual General Meeting.

The Society has been trading for over 130 years and now operates 12 Food Stores, a Department Store and 8 Funeral locations. We have Post Offices located in 4 of our Food Stores and we have significant property interests. We are a community based Society and support a number of local groups each year.

Our Board work closely together as a team and the key requirement is for an interest in Tamworth Co-operative Society rather than having any particular type of experience. Why not find out more and arrange to come and talk to us? Please contact Mrs Maria Pursglove to arrange an appointment with the Chief Executive Officer on 01827 337278 or e-mail

The Board of Directors is currently made up of the following people:


Mr D. M. Rose


DAVID ROSE is a former employee whose association with the society stretches back for more than a quarter of a century.

Mr A. V. King

(Vice Chair)

ALAN V KING had worked more than 25 years for the Society before retiring.

Mr A. M. King

ALAN M KING is a former Financial Adviser and Dairy Manager. He first served on the Board from 1997 until 2015 and re-joined the Board in April 2016.

Mrs A. Brindley

ANNETTE BRINDLEY has been employed by the Society for over 16 years and is currently the Manager at our Glascote Branch

Mrs S. D. Peaple

SHEREE PEAPLE is a former solicitor, Head of a university Law School and County Councillor. She is now an independent legal education consultant.

Mrs A. A. Higginson

AUDREY HIGGINSON has been a member of the Tamworth Co-operative Society since 1985.

Mrs S. Preece

SUZANNE PREECE is a full-time mother of two and a dedicated shopper in the town centre supermarket.

Mr R. W. Read

BOB READ had worked more than 40 years for the Society before retiring.

Mrs A. Chester-Lambert

ALISON CHESTER-LAMBERT MA, is both self-employed and a ladies business network leader. Formally worked for Bass as Catering Development Manager. Alison joined the Society Board in April 2017.



Management Executive Committee of the Society:


Mr Julian Coles FCCA, ACIS.

Chief Executive Officer & Secretary

JULIAN COLES is the Tamworth Co-operative Society’s Chief Executive Officer and Secretary. He is only the eighth person to hold the title since the company was founded in 1886.


Andy Richardson

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

ANDY RICHARDSON joined the Society as Financial Controller in 2008 having gained 25 years’ experience in the retail sector.

Ron Constable

General Manager Non-food

RON CONSTABLE is general manager of the Society’s Non-Food Division. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the main department store.

Julie Gasper

JULIE GASPER, the Society’s Business Support Manager, has been employed by the Society for more than 30 years and joined the senior management team in February, 2014.

Amanda Woodward M.B.I.E.

General Manager Funeral Services

AMANDA WOODWARD is General Manager of the Society’s Funeral Services Division. She heads up a 35-strong team based at funeral parlours in Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Woodville, Heath Hayes, Pelsall and Great Wyrley.

Dan Welsh

General Manager Food

DAN WELSH is General Manager of the Food Division and responsible for 12 Food Stores and he has been with the society for over 20 years