We're delighted to announce the appointment of John Chillcott who joins us as Interim CEO.

Profile picture of John Chillcott, our new interim CEO

Who is John Chillcott?

Well known to the co-operative movement, John is a former CEO of Anglia Regional Co-operative and led its successful merger to create Central England Co-operative, of which he is now a director. He has also previously held a director position at Co-operatives UK as well as on of our Trustee Director positions

What will John's role be?

John joins us to oversee key organisational operations and will work closely with Dr Cilla Ross who remains as our Interim Principal. Cilla will continue her focus on developing our distinctive co-operative learning offer and our educational partnerships.

Creating a sustainable future

Together Cilla and John will work to lead the College to a sustainable future, implementing the outcomes of the College’s strategic review, undertaken during Summer 2020. 

This focus will ensure that the College continues to serve both the existing and emerging co-operative movement, strengthening the growth of co-operation globally.

Speaking about his appointment, John said:

I’m excited to join the College at such an important moment and play a leading role in this transitional period. Throughout my time in the movement I've recognised how important education and training are for co-operatives and how as a model, co-operatives can act as an extraordinary platform for individuals and communities to tackle the challenges they face.

Commenting on the appointment, Nigel Todd, Chair of Trustees, said:

We are delighted to confirm the appointment of John on an interim basis to lead us through a period of transition at the College. John’s experience will be invaluable as we look to position the College for the future and look forward to him working closely with Cilla and the full College team to navigate the challenges ahead.

Dr Cilla Ross, Interim Principal, said:

I’m extremely pleased that John has joined the College to assist with our transitional work and look forward to working closely with him.  These are challenging times for organisations and communities across the UK and around the world, however it’s clear that education and learning will play a crucial role in the recovery. Co-operation has never been more relevant and needed, and a radical learning offer remains firmly at the heart of that.

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