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Board of Directors

Our Society is governed by a board of 11 directors, elected by and from the society’s members

Currently no directors are paid within Revolver Co-operative. It is completely voluntarily run, with directors paying their own expenses. There are no bonus schemes or commissions paid, and the reasons behind this is as a social enterprise, we come together to make a difference to the market we are engaging in, and we feel the best way to demonstrate that is by our own commitment. If there are changes to directors pay, it will be under this heading that any changes will be announced on the website.

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John Boyle (Chair)

John is Party Support and Principle Six Officer for The Co-operative Party. He is Chair of Fairtrade Association Birmingham and sits on a number of Fairtrade committees including Stafford & Lichfield. He is former Member Relations Officer of the Midlands Co-operative Society and currently serves on the National Members' Council of the Co-operative Group.

Olivia Birch

Olivia is a director of the Midcounties Cooperative and former Vice President. She has Chaired Remuneration, Vice Chair Audit & Risk and member of Midcounties MSC. Olivia is a Councillor and a case worker for Labour MP Wolverhampton SE: Pat McFadden. She is former UK marketing implementation manager for UNISYS. Olivia is former Vice Chair of Governors at Tettenhall Wood (Wolverhampton) Special School & Board Member of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of HMP Brinsford Young Offenders.

Stephen Gill

Stephen is a director of VME Retail Systems Ltd. VME have been trading over 25years, providing high quality epos systems to convenience stores and supermarkets throughout the UK. VME is the firm behind IntelliStore, who provide till and back office software for convenience stores and supermarkets. They now run the software in 6 off the 13 coops supplied by Co-operative Federal Retail and Trading Services, the central buying group for co-op retail societies in the UK.

Stephen’s passion for a fairer, more co-operative approach to technology at Scotmid Co-operative, where he landed a role in their. IT department. When he saw VME software being installed with Scotmid he was so impressed by the supplier’s approach he went to work for them.

Tanya Noon

Tanya has worked in co-operative membership for most of her career which involves the promotion of all types of co-operatives, promotion of its ethical brand and working with elected members. She is also an elected employee Director of Central England Cooperative. She's also elected to Co-op Group's National Members' Council and currently represents the members on Senate and Chair of the Governance Committee. She is also a big supporter of Credit Unions and promoting Fairtrade.

Paul Birch J.P. (Co-Founder)

Paul has run Revolver Records since its inception in 1978, releasing 6000 albums. The label continues to produce and release. He is former Chair of the British Record Industry’s (BPI) International Committee was a board member of both PPL & IFPI. He is a co-founder in Revolver Coop. He sat on 15,000 criminal cases as a J.P and chaired the regions Witness and Victim support. He is former Secretary of Fairtrade Association Birmingham and currently Treasurer. He has also sat on the boards of both Fairtrade Wolverhampton partnership and Fairtrade Telford & Wrekin. Paul is a former governor of Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Nick Matthews

Nick is a member of the Senate of The Co-operative Group. He is Chair of Co-operatives UK the sectors Accredited Trade Association, Nick is a board member of Heart of England Cooperative Society, Governor of Co-operative College, and board member of Birmingham Housing cooperative. He is also Chair of Co-operatives West Midlands, Treasurer of Sibford Quaker School & Lecturer in Business at Coventry University.

Roxanne Ellis

Cllr Roxanne Ellis is a Labour & Co-operative Councillor for Gedling Borough Council, Notts, first elected 2011. She is a policy adviser to the Gedling Cabinet with a focus on Equalities, women’s issues & Chairs a cross-party group celebrating International Women’s Day. Roxanne is co-founder of the Women’s Quilt, remembering the lives of women lost to domestic violence. Roxanne is also Central Midlands Development officer at The Cooperative Party.

Richard Bickle (Co-Founder)

Richard is a serial co-operator. He is a Director of Central England Co-operative and the Co-operative Press and formerly served on the Board of Co-operatives UK and the National Executive Committee of the Co-operative Party. His freelance work includes research and development work with various co-operative and community enterprises and he has recently overseen a successful Community Share Offer at Birmingham Friends of the Earth.

Rachael Ellis J.P.

Cllr Rachael Ellis is a Labour & Co-operative Councillor for Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham, first elected 2019.

Malcolm Butt MBE

Malcolm is a Vice-Chair & representative for the WM on the NEC of LAWS – Labour Animal Welfare Society, and a member of the Wolverhampton Fairtrade partnership. He is a former Department head at Department of Work and Pensions & Governor at Graiseley School. Member of labour since 1970 & was agent to John Bird (MEP) former Leader of Wolverhampton Council.

Pat Juby

Pat is currently a Director at SHARP Life and Learning Skills CIC with responsibility for Employability. This organisation provides education and support to people with learning skills. Employability provides job coaching and support with work experience placements and into work. Previously Pat worked as an administrator within Higher Education and is a keen proponent of the Co-operative University - having presented on this at the UK Society of Co-operative Studies conference in 2012. She is also Chair of Midcounties Membership Strategy Committee and has just been appointed as a Trustee to the Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust.

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