Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing the amazing stories of our 12 winners of the first ever Co-op-wide Thank you for Being Co-op awards. Ian is a technical manager working in our Beers, Wines and Spirits department in One Angel Square, Manchester. Here’s his story.
“I was blown away by what my colleagues said about me. Lots of people don’t seem surprised I’ve won Support Centre Colleague of the Year because I never shut up about how brilliant Co-op is. I just think everyone should feel this way and I’m really proud to be an ambassador for our organisation.”
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Ian Rogerson is ‘Mr Co-op’ to many people. Judging by his Co-op bow-tie, jacket and stuffed toy, he certainly looks the part.
But what’s more important is that he lives the part every day, since 1984 when he first started working for Co-op.
“One of the massive things about working for this organisation is you get unbelievable opportunities to make a difference,” he says.
Part of Ian’s job involves visiting our Fairtrade wine suppliers across the world. But he doesn’t take it for granted. He uses his time there to be an ambassador for Co-op, always making sure on his return he shares the fantastic things our Fairtrade wine is doing for these communities with as many colleagues as he can.
Closer to home he gives hours of his spare time doing wine tastings to showcase the excellent quality and value of our own-brand products in his local community.
Every Christmas day he gives up his time to serve Christmas dinner to those spending the festive season alone in his community (often dressed as Father Christmas). On Boxing Day last year he also served Christmas dinner to the homeless in Leeds.
He puts as much effort into supporting the local stores where he lives as he does into his day job. In February when he was snowed in at home and unable to get into Manchester, he walked to his local store and offered to work if they were short-staffed. This is just one example.
“The stuff that isn’t directly related to my day job I do because I just enjoy doing it. I’m really proud to represent Co-op in the community.
“Now’s the time when more and more is needed to support those who are less well-off and less able in our communities – to bring communities together and encourage co-operation. That’s what our Co-op does and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
What colleagues said about Ian
“Ian is local to my store and comes in shopping regularly at the weekend. He lives and breathes Co-op and is regularly on hand to come into store and do wine tastings or promote membership. This man absolutely amazes me with his commitment and love of Co-op and how he puts Being Co-op into practice.”
“There will never be a more kind-hearted, generous-spirited Co-op colleague than him. If we could all adopt even a small amount of his passion for Co-op, we could truly become the agent of change that the Co-op movement hopes to be.”