The first product teams move into Federation

We’ve mentioned before that we’ve been redeveloping one of the older Co-op buildings in the centre of Manchester in partnership with NOMA. Today the first product teams have moved into the top two floors of The Federation at Federation House. Its a great space for our teams to talk, code and draw together.   

Mike Bracken explains more about the move in this short video.

Picture of the interior of Federation House

Picture of the interior of Federation House

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

Emer Coleman joins CoopDigital

Emer Coleman joined CoopDigital this week.

A major part of our digital strategy is opening up to the digital economy, especially in the North-West. Working with our partners in the NOMA project, we’re creating shared spaces for digital collaboration and product delivery. Emer will be helping us to open this up for other businesses and organisations, as well as helping us find the best way for CoopDigital to support and be part of the growing digital community in the North West.

Emer has a huge amount of experience in leading digital transformation in both the public and private sector. She’s Chair of the Open Data Governance Board Ireland, and was part of the team that built  TransportAPI into a successful and sustainable transport data company. More recently Emer has been lecturing and writing on Techno Ethics and the need for new ethical approaches in the digital economy.  Her recent talk We Need To Talk About Ethics is worth taking a look at.

Picture of Emer Coleman
Emer Coleman

I know she’ll want to consult as widely as possible so that she can reflect the views of the community back to us here in CoopDigital. So get in touch with her. She’s not hard to find. She’s on the internet here and here @emercoleman

Welcome Emer.

Mike Bracken
Chief Digital Officer