Alan Middleton was Exchequer Manager at Lincolnshire County Council and now works as a Freelance Writer. He was a Director of Lincolnshire Co-operative for 44 years and of Co-operatives UK for 25 years. He was also Chairman of the co-operative laundry chain and Deputy Chairman of Shoefayre. Alan was a Lincoln Magistrate for 35 years.
Lincolnshire Chambers of Commerce
Simon Beardsley is Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce; a leading business representation and support organisation in the county, promoting the interests of member businesses, connecting and contributing in partnership towards a prosperous regional economy making a difference to its members.
His current position directly involves him supporting a number of key local business support organisations (including the Growth Hub, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, University of Lincoln, Bishops Grosseteste University) as well as organisations with a social and cooperative ethos, such as Community Assets Plus and Cooperative Development Lincolnshire. Simon is also a director of the East Midlands International Trade Association.
Simon has a long history of supporting the set up and development of sector based groups that allow businesses and the public sector to come together to build and deliver coordinated activity that might not happen without such structures being in place. To date successful examples include collaboration in town management, Business Improvement Districts, the visitor economy, place marketing, the food sector and international trade.
Simon has a previous career in commercial banking where he gained sector expertise in the agriculture, horticulture, property and construction as well as supporting businesses to trade internationally. During this time he became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Stacey Gillott is proud and honoured to be the CEO of Lincoln Pelican Trust and has been for the past 14 years. She is passionate about the work the third sector does and believes we all have social responsibility and therefore volunteers with several groups. Her back ground is business and therefore brings a wealth of experience to the Board.
Julia has been employed by Lincolnshire Co-op for over 30 years.
Julia’s position within the Society enables her to travel to all of the Society’s trading areas, where she has acquired a sound understanding of the services Lincolnshire Co-op offers to its members.
Many Coop employees, members and pensioners will also have met Julia through her involvement with the Employees’ Association and participation in member meetings and events.
Born and bred in Lincoln, Stephen worked for the Lincolnshire Cooperative Society for nearly 30 years as a pharmacist at a variety of sites before taking early retirement in 2015.
As a believer in the way to a better society is through education, Stephen has a strong commitment to staff training and development.
Stephen represents the Society on the Members Council of The Co-operative Group and the Board of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. He also represents the Board at member meetings and events.
Originally from Glasgow,and after many years of military service, Margaret and her husband Gerry happily settled in Lincoln with their two children more than 30 years ago.
Margaret started work with Lincolnshire Cooperative Society as a Member Accounts supervisor in 1987 and, during her employment, took a keen interest in its ethos, governance and in the role Directors play in ensuring its continued success as a Co-operative business. In 2002 she took early retirement and was first elected to the Board in 2003 acquiring her Co-operative Director’s Diploma within two years.
Since then, Margaret has sat on various Committees within the board and was appointed President in 2009. Margaret endeavours to serve the Society and its Members and to ensure that co-operative ideals continue to underpin and define the Society’s future direction, and endeavours to represent the Members’ view on all aspects of Society business both locally and beyond.
Members of the company are invited to contribute to the strategic direction of the Company through an annual report and general meeting and to elect the Board after the end of the financial year in the Autumn.
Company Secretary LCL
Jane Powell is Group Secretary of Lincolnshire Co-op. She reports directly to the board and has a wide remit which includes all standard company secretarial activities, overseeing all risk systems including internal audit, insurance etc. Jane is a solicitor with a practising certificate and a fellow of the institute of chartered secretaries. She combines the group secretary role with head of legal managing the legal function using internal and external resources. Completing numerous transactions, most recently a city centre development worth nearly £30 million.