New managers appointed at Derbyshire Co-ops after showing 'outstanding leadership'

Dedicated workers at Co-op stores in Alfreton and Ripley who have shown ‘great work during these uncertain times’ have been promoted to become store managers.

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 2:42 pm
Co-op stores have appointed new managers
Co-op stores have appointed new managers

Tim Pickard is manager at Alfreton Petrol Filling Station and Carl Mart is the new manager Hartshay Hill Petrol Filing Station in Ripley.

Tim and Carl are among six Co-op employees who have been promoted through the ‘Leading the Way’ programme which gives team leaders within the retailer’s food stores the opportunity to progress to store manager roles.

All six colleagues have shown incredible drive and determination to reach their goal and have had to overcome significant challenges as they dealt with the unprecedented demands and changes to the normal way of working during these uncertain times.

Claire Koziol, group manager West at Central England Co-op, hailed the efforts of the six new store managers and said it was great to see new leaders flourish despite the current challenges.

She said: “Each and every one of the six colleagues have worked incredibly hard on their own personal development, displaying fantastic leadership and loyalty to the Society.

“They have all done some great work during these uncertain times and fully merit the opportunity to lead their own stores.

“They have shown they are really passionate about the business and about retail and that has shown through all the recent challenges.

“It can be a bit daunting to lead a team of people when you have been used to being led, particularly through a period as unprecedented as this but they have truly risen to the challenge.

“We are delighted that we are pressing on with recruiting our next intake of future leaders into the Leading the Way programme despite current restrictions, looking at solutions to run the programme remotely which is really positive.”

During the lockdown the Co-op has made changes to make things safer for shoppers and employees.

Some of the changes include implementing the new £45 contactless limit.

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