Debbie Robinson

A Lichfield-based business has confirmed the appointment of its first ever female chief executive.

Debbie Robinson
Debbie Robinson will take on the role at Central England Co-operative when current incumbent Martyn Cheatle retires in May 2019.

She has previously held directorships across the food retail industry, and joins from SPAR where she has been UK managing director since 2011.

Debbie said: “I am delighted to be joining a progressive and truly co-operative society.

“I look forward to building on the fantastic work Martyn has done and working with the team to ensure Central England Co-operative fulfils its ambitions and potential, making a real difference for our members and the communities we serve.

“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.”

Departing chief executive Martyn Cheatle said: “I am incredibly proud of the society and our colleagues, all of whom have contributed to the continued success Central England Co-operative has worked so hard to achieve in the time I have been chief executive.

“I wish Debbie all the very best for her future with the best independent retail co-operative in the UK.”

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