Helen Oakley (Chair)

Chair of Governors

Having joined the Co-op Group in August 2020, I currently work as Financial Controller of Nisa, the Co-op’s Wholesale business. After completing a Modern Language degree, I trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and have since pursued a career in business, mostly in the retail sector, leading teams across finance, warehousing, and logistics.

I have always been passionate about helping young people fulfill their potential. I volunteer as a mentor and trustee of ‘The Gettalife Project’, a small charity enabling high-quality apprenticeship opportunities across the North West, and in 2017 was a founder trustee of a charity supporting looked after children and foster families.

I have served as a high school governor for the past 11 years; first as finance link governor in a newly created academy and then as a member of the school improvement board of an inner-city academy in Greater Manchester. I hope to draw on that experience to lead the Governing Council at the Academy and to support and challenge the Senior Leadership team at this already highly successful school.

Full NameHelen Oakley
Date Appointment17/03/2022
Category of GovernorSponsor
Appointed byEmployee of the Co-op appointed by the Sponsor
Sub-committees (2020-2021)None
Declarations of InterestEmployee of the Co-op Group
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings (2020-2021)N/A
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings (2020-2021)N/A
Date of ResignationN/A