Debbie Robinson, UK managing director of SPAR, has been appointed chief executive of Central England Co-op. She will replace Martyn Cheatle, following the announcement that he will retire in May 2019.
Breadth of experience and leadership
Robinson, who has been UK managing director of SPAR since 2011, brings a wealth of experience, with over 30 years in retail with the likes of Co-op Group, Marks and Spencer and WHSmith.
Elaine Dean, society president, said “Central England Co-operative is delighted to welcome Debbie Robinson at a time of growth and development for our Society. Debbie is no stranger to co-operative ethics and values, having previous experience at a senior level within the co-operative movement. She has a sound track record of success and is highly respected in the retail sector.”
Vision for the future
In her new role, Robinson will be responsible for developing the strategic and commercial direction of Central England Co-op. Robinson has said about the new appointment: “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.”