Full name: David Paterson
Length of Society Membership: 40+ years
Length of Service on the Board: 3 years
My Co-op history started with our Society through my mother’s membership in the 1960’s and using St Cuthbert’s Co-op as our main source of shopping. I became steeped within the Values and Principles of our movement and in 1974 joined the Society as sales assistant in its dry goods section, working my way through various levels up to store manager until 2001. In 1988 an opportunity to join the newly formed East Regional Board arose to which I was elected. This started a new chapter in the relationship I had with the Society, working at a different level with management and fellow regional directors on behalf of members. This naturally gave me good grounding for future promotion to the main board of directors in 2001. My appointment to the Board opened up a lot of educational opportunities and widened my experience of my own society and the co-operative movement through my attendance on training courses, at meetings, workshops, Co-operative Group AGM’s and service on the Society’s Audit, Search and Remuneration sub-committees. I currently serve on the Society’s Search committee, have been a Board appointed Trustee Director on the Society’s Pension scheme since 2007 and am Minute Secretary for the East Regional Committee. Since 2012, I have served as a Director of the Co-operative Press and in May 2015 was elected as an Independent Society Member on the Co-operative Group’s Member Council.