Nick Crofts

Nick Crofts

President of the Co-operative Group Council

The Co-operative Group
United Kingdom


Nick is the President of the Co-operative Group National Members’ Council. Passionate about the Co-op, he was first elected to the Merseyside Area Committee in 2009. After serving on the North West Regional Board, he joined the Council when it was established after the governance reforms following the near-death-experience at the Co-operative Bank. He was elected President in July 2015.

An experienced non-executive, Nick is the former Chair of Venture Housing Association, and now serves as a non-executive on the board of Cobalt Housing.

Nick is a Labour & Co-operative Councillor in Liverpool, and served four years as a member of the Co-op Party’s National Executive. He currently sits on the board of the trading arm of a Merseyside Foodbank and a renewable energy co-op.

Having worked for fifteen years in sales and marketing consultancy roles, he now runs the constituency office of Stephen Twigg MP.

Nick blogs about meetings of the National Members’ Council at and tweets at @CoopCrofts

“In my opinion, the power to act of cooperatives and mutuals is… formed by the strength of our common endeavour, to successfully seek solutions to shared economic, social, environmental and other issues.

The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by more than eight million members. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with almost 2,800 local stores. 

Amongst its other wholly-owned businesses are the UK’s number one funeral services provider, a major general insurer and a developing legal services business.

It operates 3,500 outlets and employs approaching 70,000 people, is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes.