First female Co-op chief executive Debbie Robinson takes up her new role


Central England Co-op today welcomes its new Chief Executive Debbie Robinson on her first day with the Society.

Debbie was appointed in November last year and will oversee one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with over 8,000 staff and over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties.

Debbie will take over from Martyn Cheatle who will be retiring in April after successfully leading Central England Co-op since 2010.
Previously, Debbie has worked for over 30 years with the likes of Co-op Group, Marks & Spencer and WHSmith among others and most recently held the position of UK Managing Director at SPAR UK.

Debbie commented: “I am looking forward to meeting colleagues across the Society and becoming a part of an organisation that genuinely makes a positive community impact.

“I am excited to be joining a progressive, forward-looking business. I look forward to building on the fantastic work Martyn has done and working with the team to ensure Central England Co-op fulfils its ambitions and potential, making a real difference for our customers, members and communities.

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

Debbie will be responsible for developing the strategic and commercial direction of the Society.