Central England Co-op announces the appointment of its first ever female chief executive


Central England Co-op have today announced that Debbie Robinson has been named as its first ever female Chief Executive.

Following the decision by current Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle to retire, the retailer undertook a major recruitment process to find the person needed to continue to grow the UK’s leading independent Co-operative society.

Debbie joins Central England Co-operative after helping to drive major success across SPAR in the UK as Managing Director. Prior to this role, she was Director of Food Marketing at the Co-operative Group as well as holding senior positions at WHSmith and Marks and Spencer.

Commenting on her new role, Debbie Robinson said:  “I am delighted to be joining a progressive and truly co-operative society.  I look forward to building on the fantastic work Martyn has done and working with the team to ensure Central England Co-operative fulfills its ambitions and potential, making a real difference for our members and the communities we serve.”

Debbie added: “My vision for the future of Central England Co-operative is to grow sustainably and make the most of the Society’s key USP; our co-operative principles.”

She will take on the role in Spring 2019.