Peter Plumb, the chief executive of Moneysupermarket.com and Stevie Spring, the chair of the ITG Group and BBC Children in Need have been named as independent, non-executive directors of The Co-operative Group.

The move is part of the Manchester company’s governance reforms, which were agreed by its members last year.

Peter Plumb

Peter Plumb

“I am delighted that Peter and Stevie have agreed to join our Board. Both are highly successful senior leaders with a wealth of experience across various business sectors. Their dedication to making a difference for millions of people and their communities demonstrates a great fit with the values and purpose of the Co-operative Group,” said independent non-executive chair, Allan Leighton.

“These appointments will further strengthen our Board, ensuring our members have a diverse and talented group of Directors capable of leading the rebuild of this great British institution. I look forward to working with them all to put the Co-operative back at the heart of communities where we belong.”

Plumb has been chief executive of Chester-based Moneysupermarket since 2009. Prior to that he was managing director of dunnhumby – behind the Tesco Clubcard and he’s also held senior roles at Disney, Dyson and PepsiCo.

Stevie Spring

Stevie Spring

Spring started out in brand marketing and consumer advertising, before becoming CEO of Clear Channel. She then joined Future PLC and helped it become the largest seller of digital magazines on the Apple Newsstand. She has chaired BBC Children in Need since 2008.

The pair will now put themselves forward for election by members at next year’s AGM.