Steve Foreshew-Cain: welcome back

(Transcript) Steve Foreshew-Cain: Hello and welcome to the first Digital team update of 2018. Happy New year to everyone hope you all had an enjoyable and festive break with your families. A big thank you to those of you who worked over the holidays, and particularly those in our social media team who were there for our members and our customers even on Christmas Day.

Before we left for the Christmas break we had the last All Team of 2017. It was a great celebration of all the hard work from everyone during the year. You can see some of the highlights in the short film which was put together and is available on our YouTube channel and linked to from our blog.

But back to the future and back to 2018, and this week we say a big hello to Matt Atkinson who’s joined Co-op as our Chief Member Officer. It’s great to have him here and he’ll be spending the next few weeks getting to know our teams in Digital alongside the other areas within his responsibility. So, a big welcome Matt.

Now, since opening the events space in The Federation in October we’ve held over 90 events for many different organisations, including the latest Digital Summit for the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. The space is available for anyone to book – so if you’re looking for a great space or want to have just a look around, contact
Victoria and the team and they’ll be happy to show you around.

The Pioneer cafe in The Federation is also now serving food as well as amazing coffee. When you’re in the building do come along and check it out.

The new year has also brought some new faces to the team. We’re delighted to welcome
Heidi Berry, who is joining our engineering community, along with Danny McCarthy, Emma Gray and Kimberley Cowell who join our data science team. A big welcome to all our you.

We’ve also said a couple of goodbyes over the last few weeks to Laura Timmins and Tino Triste – thank you and as always we wish you all the very best for the future.

Dave Johnson our Director of Digital Engineering will also be leaving us at the end of January 2018. Jon Ayre will now step up and lead the Digital Engineering team
on an interim basis until we complete the process to find a permanent successor.

That’s it for this week. You’ll find our latest vacancies our blog. Don’t forget to subscribe for all our updates and follow us on Twitter. Look forward to seeing you next week.

Steve Foreshew-Cain
Group Digital Director