Allendale Co-operative Society Ltd - meet our staff
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Meet our staff

Members of the board

Chris Bulman – President

Chris Bulman board member since 2009. Retired local headteacher. Born in Allendale many years ago and have lived in Catton for the last 20 years. Enjoy walking, cycling, gardening, reading, going to the gym and quizzes at The Crown. Gillian and myself are attempting to learn jive dancing but realize I have absolutely no sense of rhythm.

Ian Stewart — Vice President

Born in 1940, and spent most of my childhood in Haydon Bridge. After college in London, worked in teaching in Cheshire, Northumberland and Newcastle. We (Margaret and I) have lived in Catton for over 30 years. Joined the board of Allendale Co-op in 1986, serving as President from 1991-2001, and then from 2007-2016. Main interests gardening, sport, music and political history.

John Short

I have always lived in the Allen Valleys including education in Allendale where I gained various qualifications including a distinction in maths. When I left school I was employed at the Coop for 5 years doing a variety of duties from warehouse, shop floor, van sales & deliveries. In June 1973 I moved to Rickerby Ltd where I was employed for almost 44 years until retirement, originally as a clerk progressing to manager. I am a keen gardener & an active member of the Horticultural & Industrial Show, Allen Valley & Kings Head Leek Club & the Gardening Club.

Heather Doody

I have lived in Catton for over twenty years and have been a member of the Co-op board since 2004. I am a retired teaching assistant and enjoy socialising, reading and pottering around in the garden. In good weather I can be seen out on my bike enjoying the local scenery.

Sue Wardle

Carolyn Milburn

Carolyn Milburn is an “Alledonian” and lives just outside Catton. She is a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor and when not at work is usually seen riding around the Allen Valley with her horse, Bruce.


Neville Pringle, General Manager

Neville has worked here at Allendale Co-op since he left school in 1976 and has been General Manager since 2009. Neville is married to Caroline and has three children; Suzanne, Robert and Matthew. He has been a retained fire fighter at Allendale since 1980 and his hobbies include camping, photography, football, badminton and tennis.

Jane Brown, Company Secretary

Jane joined the team here in May 2012. Jane’s first training in book-keeping and office administration started when she was just 17. Over the years she has combined this work with many other interesting jobs and studies, from lorry driving to marine biology. Jane lives in Allendale with her fiancée Ben. She has two grown-up children; Josh and Emma. Jane’s hobbies include dancing, swimming, skiing, and walking or riding in the beautiful Northumberland countryside!


Daniel, Polly, Ashleigh, Emily, Suzanne, Gabriella, Robert, Emma, Thomas and Ian