Co-op appoints ex-BBC CRM lead as head of customer relationship management and customer experience


The Co-op has today (Monday 8 February) appointed Phil Barker as head of customer relationship management (CRM) and customer experience (CX) as part of growth plans to its data and loyalty team, following the refresh of its Membership programme and launch of the Co-op app last year.

Barker: new CX role

Barker joins from the BBC, where he was CRM lead, responsible for customer relationship strategy and digital engagement across all channels and services. He has a track record in helping multi-proposition organisations bring clarity and structure to customer experience across their portfolio, garnered from over 15 years’ in the sector.

The role will see Barker lead the business as it develops a new Data and Loyalty centre of excellence, bringing data, insight, membership, CRM and customer experience together to deliver more value to members, customers and communities.

Baker said: “I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join such a purpose led organisation at this exciting time. I’m looking forward to bringing my expertise to help develop their ambitious plans for membership and joined-up customer engagement across all channels and services.

“Co-op’s investment in data and tech, with a real commitment to the highest standards in customer experience, has really impressed me”.

“Customer experience is an incredibly exciting space to be in right now as more and more businesses recognise the value of data-driven engagements.”

Charlotte Lock, director of data and loyalty at Co-op, said: “Championing communities through the Co-op customers and members that live in them is critical to our vision of Co-operating for a Fairer World.  We can do that even more effectively by building meaningful relationships and rewarding experiences.

“We’re thrilled Phil is joining the team as his passion for insight and creativity really stood out coupled with a fantastic track record of leading teams to deliver rewarding customer journeys.”

The appointment follows the relaunch of the Co-op’s Membership offering and launch of its digital Membership app in 2020 to 4.3 million members. The greater use of digital insight enables tailored and meaningful offers, engagements and benefits for members, while doubling funds being given to community groups. To date, more than one million Co-op Members have downloaded Co-op’s digital Membership app, while two million members have selected a local cause to support through membership.