By Dave Robertson, Retail IT Director
Neil has a fantastic personality and deep-rooted personal values which earn him lots of respect from his colleagues. He lives and breathes our Co-op values in both his work and personal life. It’s not something he plans to do, he’s just naturally a Co-op kind of guy.
He’s recently led a big project and I’ve seen him repeatedly go above and beyond to get things done. He’s built a rock solid relationship with the Retail team and driven a ‘one team’ agenda harder than anybody else involved, challenging a ‘them and us’ way of thinking. I watched Neil have really difficult and often challenging conversations with people – but he always delivered his point of view completely in the right way, for the right reasons. On top of working on the project, he stepped up to cover the portfolio lead role after a sudden change in our team structure. After successfully juggling both roles so that nothing fell through the net, Neil received glowing feedback from the team.
To take our Co-op outside of Angel Square, Neil’s worked with the organisers of the IRIS prize film festival, an international event to educate and inform on the struggles of the LGBT community. He worked really hard and has managed to achieve some amazing things with them. Thanks to Neil’s involvement, we now provide a food village at the main festival in Cardiff where Welsh suppliers have an opportunity to display their products to a global audience. In return Co-op adverts are shown in the main festival, and also when films are shown around the world – that’s an amazing achievement!
As part of his involvement, Neil also approached Jo Whitfield, our Food CEO, to be filmed for a video. This was shown at the the IRIS prize film festival, promoting Co-op as an ‘employer of choice’ for the LGBT community. It was also showcased at a mini-film festival in Angel Square and received great feedback.
Congratulations Neil, these are just some of the examples of why you were selected as our 2019 #Being Co-op Support Centre Colleague Of The Year.