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Young Co-operator wins place on The Co-operative Youth Members' Board

Ryan Temple, Young Co-operative member and representative of The Co-operative Youth Members' Board

Move over Alan Sugar, Ryan Temple has arrived! Ryan Temple, 18, a student at Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, Kent has been offered one of only 15 places on The Co-operative Youth Members' Board following a full day of assessments, team exercises and interviews.

Ryan travelled to Manchester to meet staff and other candidates and was delighted to learn of his place on the board following tough competition. Out of nearly 400 applications Ryan was shortlisted to be one of 35 people invited for interview and was up against graduates and people who had worked industry for some time. He said: “I feel privileged and extremely pleased to have been given this fantastic opportunity and look forward to making a difference in the running of The Co-operative Group.”

Young Co-operatives co-ordinator Sarah Palmer said: “Ryan has been a part of the Young Co-operatives Group since year 10 and has given his time selflessly to raise awareness of issues and fundraise for good causes. In his time with the group he has joined the annual sleep rough, where homeless issues are addressed, taken part in sponsored walks, played football against staff for charity and been involved in many other ethical enterprise initiatives to fundraise for disadvantaged people.”

Mr Brookes, Headteacher, was equally pleased to learn of Ryan’s appointment, saying: “ I am extremely proud of what Ryan has achieved. We have had close links with The Co-operative Group for some years now and this has got to be one of the pinnacles of our relationship with them. I am certain that Ryan will leave Fulston Manor School this year taking with him the co-operative values and principles and really make a difference with his work for The Co-operative.”