Sir Graham Melmoth called for a consultation process on reform proposals in remarks to a conference in Manchester (16 May). The former chief executive of the Co-op is famous for fighting off Andrew Regan's attempt to de-mutualise the Group in the 1990's.
Sir Graham proposed "a small group of Co-operative Group members to be commissioned by the Board to review these reform proposals, reflect upon them, receive submissions, hold 3 or 4 public meetings around the UK and produce a blue print for final approval by Board & Membership in the shortest possible time. I see that as the Co-operative way"
The conference, organised by Cooperative Business Consultants brought together activists from across the movement including Patrick Gray, chair of Midcounties and Meg Hillier MP.
You can see the presentations here, including Sir Graham's speech and a presentation by Shaun Fensom on the Springboard initiative.