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)

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


Mrs. A. A. Higginson


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

Mr A. M. King

(Vice Chair)

ALAN M KING is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. He 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.

Mr A. V. King

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

Annette 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 and currently head of a university law school. She is also a Staffordshire county councillor.

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.

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 K. G. Wood

KEVIN WOOD was appointed to the Board in 2005 following a 40-year career with four different retail co-operatives.



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.