Digital Advisory Board

We’ve established a Digital Advisory Board. They’re a small and carefully selected group of individuals with a wide-ranging set of skills which will bolster and complement each other and our own to ensure we’re on the right track and doing the right things. 

There’s a lot to do to support our family of businesses and to deliver our digital approach. This isn’t something we’ve attempted before, so we need a little help in the form of some world-class expertise and experience to add to our own ideas and plans.

The Board is advisory, so it’s not part of our governance or decision-making structure and is in addition to the support we receive from our Members’ Council. They’ll review our planned activities and the wider digital marketplace, providing scrutiny, recommendations and guidance.

They’ll meet every 2-3 months, with the first meeting to take place later this year.

The founding members of our digital advisory board are;

We may add a few more members to the Board if we feel there are specific skills and experience we need access to, and we’ll continue to maintain an equal gender split (plus or minus one member if there’s an odd number).

We want to deliver the very best value to our members and the communities we serve, so we believe having some experts keeping an eye on us to help us do this is a good idea.

Ian Dunnett
Head of strategic growth & partnerships

Hello to Claire Braithwaite

I’m thrilled that Claire Braithwaite has joined the digital team this week as partnerships & ventures consultant.

Picture of Claire Braithwaite

Digital is integral to the way we do business and we’ve translated our digital approach into four key elements; products, platforms, members and ventures. Opening up to the digital economy, especially in the North, is key to delivering on this.

Who better to support us in doing this than Claire. Along with being the founder of an award winning online retail platform and work in the tech for good and impact investment space, Claire has been instrumental in driving attention and investment in the digital economy in the North for some time, with roles as tech advisor to the Manchester Growth Company and as the first head of Tech North.

We’ve begun to create shared spaces for digital collaboration and product delivery with our partner NOMA in Manchester city centre. Claire will be working alongside Emer Coleman and Ian Dunnett developing our relationships with civic technology partners, businesses and organisations, helping us to create a truly co-operative digital hub in Manchester.

Welcome Claire.

Mike Bracken
Chief Digital Officer