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Alistair Rowland

Group General Manager - Specialist Retail, Midcounties Co-operative

Alistair Rowland is the Managing Director of Specialist Retail at Midcounties Co-operative, responsible for a broad range of business groups, including Travel, Healthcare, Childcare, Phone Coop, Flexible Benefits ( B2B ) and the Digital and Marketing functions for the Coop Society.

He has enjoyed senior roles in the co-operative sector for 25 years, with Co-op Group and for the last 7 years, Midcounties. In this recent role, Alistair has driven the independent Coop Travel business back into significant scale, growth and profitability, after Coop Group entered into a JV with Thomas Cook in 2011 for the majority of the national Coop Travel assets. The JV has now terminated.

The Travel Group operated by Midcounties now has turnover of £400m.  With 60 branches, a significant home-working business, Consortium, Tour Operator and Corporate Travel arms, it is now one of the largest and well respected Agency Groups in the UK.

Alistair has also worked for First Choice retail as part of the Holiday Hypermarkets start-up in 2000, and spent his early years in Dixons Group.

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