The Co-op Board is made up of seven voluntary directors who are active members of the Co-op (there are currently six directors). Election of directors occurs at the Annual General Meeting. Director nominations are now open and close 5pm 22nd July. To obtain a Directors Nomination Kit please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on 5th August 2021. To register your attendance, either in person or via zoom, please click here.
The board meets monthly and is always keen to hear from members. If you would like to share feedback, raise an question or concern, please contact us at email@example.com
Would you like to be on the board of the Co-op? If so, we’d love to hear from you.
Volunteer Board vacancy
The board of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, in consultation with management, is responsible for the delivery of the Co-op’s aims, to set its strategic direction, and to uphold its values.
Qualities we look for in a director are:
There is currently one voluntary board vacancy. The Co-op is seeking nominees with a financial background for the position of Treasurer.
The benefits of being a director are:
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a directors nomination kit.
The Co-op Story
From humble beginnings in a garage some 40 years ago, BlueMountains Food Co-op has grown to be the largest food co-op in Australia with over 2,500 members.
The original aims of those pioneering members remain the same today: to provide quality organic food at affordable prices and support the environment and local community.
Open seven days a week in the heart of Katoomba, the Co-op sells fresh organic fruit and vegetables, locally grown produce, a wides election of bulk wholefoods and packaged groceries, organic dairy products, environmentally friendly bulk cleaning and personal care items, and much more.
The Co-op is committed to supporting environmental, social justice and food security causes. We donate 10% of our annual surplus earnings to charities and community organisations, and facilitate outreach initiatives including food making and growing workshops and events. We offer access to specialist nutritionists and herbalists in the shop and every Wednesday seniors and concession card holders can shop at members’ prices.
Read The Rules of the Co-op here.
Georgia is an actor and teaching artist and runs a successful local business, Blue Mountains Drama. She joined the Co-op board at the 2008 AGM and has been Chair of the board since February 2010.
Georgia has a strong rapport with staff and directors and extensive knowledge of the Co-op’s operations and recent history. During her time on the board, the Co-op has worked through and resolved some significant communication issues, addressed its operations to ensure that staff and directors are supported in their roles, created and filled the Co-op Manager and Marketing and Community Education Manager roles, opened the second shop and enjoyed a strong period of financial and social stability.
Georgia’s experience as an actor and teacher gives her strong communication and listening skills along with organisational and strategic thinking skills. One of the strengths she brings to the board is the ability to facilitate open and focused discussions that encourage robust debate and generally come to clear and unified decisions.
Georgia is passionate about supporting the Co-op as a wonderful resource for our community, believes strongly in the Co-op’s mission and aims, and enjoys the challenges and surprises being a Director throws her way. Her goal is to see the Co-op continue to grow as a successful and healthy co-operative and a gathering place for our community.
Narelle became environmentally aware in the late 80’s, back then it was challenging taking your own containers and difficult to source organic produce. She moved to Katoomba in 96, embraced the Co-op, a shopping dream come true and first became a director in 97. Her life is enriched by growing hundreds of kilos of food annually with help from her partner, their pet pigs and chickens. Currently Narelle is the Co-op’s BAS Agent (governed by the Tax Practitioners Board) reporting to Halin the Co-op’s manager. On a monthly basis, she reports to the ATO, prepares adjusting account journals and provides the board with financial statements.
Rowan was born and raised in the Blue Mountains. He loves its wild places and wholehearted community.
He has worked as a team leader in big industry but has now returned home to live a life devoted to sustainability. He has built his own eco-home and permaculture garden and is now retraining to be a Psychologist.
He believes the Co-op is a cornerstone of the Blue Mountain’s community and hopes to serve the organisation that contributes so much to life in the mountains.
Luke is a barrister, and is secretary and director of Edmund Barton Chambers, a barristers’ cooperative. Prior to being called to the Bar, Luke worked as an editor, graphic designer and studio manager in tertiary education institutions. Over the past 20 years, Luke has called Glenbrook, Warrimoo, Springwood and Hazelbrook home, and feels that now he is about halfway up the mountain and halfway to being a local! Luke is keen to serve on the Board of the Co-op, a thriving organisation that offers locals and visitors a community-led good food shopping alternative.
Bert is the founder and principal of electAssociates, a Human Resources and Industrial Relations consultancy specialising in helping small to medium businesses meet their legislative obligations. Prior to founding electAssociates in 2004, Bert worked in the IT field managing large-scale, global multi-million dollar projects with around 350 consultants in the field. Bert has a strong community focus and, together with his wife Jane, is a keen extreme hiker. Passionate about the wilderness, Bert supports a range of environmental initiatives including permaculture, biodynamics, and regenerative farming practices.
Alex is a solicitor by trade, with a special interest in employment law and workplace relations. Her real passions, though, are environmentally sustainable and low waste living, local and affordable food, and environmental conservation. Alex is a new transplant to the Blue Mountains, moving to Katoomba in late 2020. Volunteering as a Director for the Co-op has given Alex opportunities to contribute to the community, to help this organisation continue to grow and thrive, and to make new friends.
Peter recently retired after a long career working for a number of organisations, both large and small. For the last 25 years he has devoted himself to working and volunteering for a range of not for profit (NFP) organisations, including University of Sydney Union, Humane Society International and Guide Dogs NSW.
Most of his career has been in senior financial roles, with budgets ranging from $2m to $800m. His last role before retirement was as the CFO (2 years) and CEO (10 years) of Spinal Cord injuries Australia, a national NFP which strives to promote empowerment and independence for people living with a spinal cord injury.
Peter and his partner (and gorgeous black Labrador) have fulfilled a decades long dream, and recently moved to Leura from Camperdown. He is keen to volunteer with and support outstanding organisations such as the Blue Mountains Food Co-op to further his passion for community, sustainability and social justice.