It’s the community of people that make the Co-Op a very special place. Since the Manly Food Co-Operative began in 1996, it has been the community of members and volunteers who have visioned it, built it and sustained it. We’re linked by a set of common values. We value our own health, the health of our friends and family, and importantly, the health of our planet. We also value the spirit of community and being part of something good. For most of our members and customers, the Manly Food Co-Op is part of the heart and soul of Manly. We are a 100% community owned retail business. The strength of the Manly Food Co-Op is in the people it serves: our customers, our members and our community.
When you visit the shop you’ll meet many of our friendly volunteers. We are also grateful to have a small team of dedicated staff who run the shop on a daily basis and bring our Co-Op to life.
As a European transplant to Australia, for a long while I felt something was missing in my life. My background is in retail management and I worked for many years in an independent bookshop in Germany. That little missing piece fell into place when I discovered the wonderful community here at the Manly Food Co-Op.
Finding and discovering this unique collective of people whose dreams and philosophies align so closely with my own was a turning point for me. I learn more each day from this knowledgeable community and am grateful for the opportunity to pass along what I’ve learnt to others and to contribute to building something valuable.
My hope is for the Manly Food Co-Op to continue to flourish as the wonderful institution that it is, and I’m grateful for the continued opportunity to devote my energy to changing the way people think and act towards food and the world around us.
I joined the Manly Food Co-op in 2011 when I’d had my first baby and was on a mission to find only the most beautiful, fresh, organic foods to put into my precious little boy as he started his venture into the world of “solid” food. I am passionate about sustainability, nutrition, wholesome living and having a positive impact on our world. As a Chartered Accountant, I have serviced clients across a wide range of industries during my career in the corporate world of auditing and run my own business since leaving the corporate world when I’d had my children. I am really excited by the opportunity to be able to make a positive contribution to the Manly Food Co-op by taking on the Accountant role.
Our volunteers are what make the Co-Op tick! Volunteers are the life-blood of the Manly Food Co-Operative. Volunteers are involved in all facets of running the business; both in the store and beyond. Find out more about volunteering with us here.
My first experience volunteering with the Manly Food Co-op was on the day of the big move, rolling grains and beans down the street to our new shop. I was blown away by the turnout, the teamwork and positive community energy of that day, and it has kept me coming back to the co-op, first as a volunteer and now as a shop assistant and volunteer coordinator. I love the passion and energy of the co-op community, and meeting so many like-minded people. I bring my customer service and retail experience to my job, along with a passion for all things food, especially making meals with minimum food and packaging waste. I hope to keep contributing to the growth of the co-op, and welcoming new volunteers into the community.
I love being a member of the Co-op and am excited to join the board to ensure all aspects of the Co-op are working for people and the planet. I am an author, researcher and academic with expertise in incorporating sustainability into our everyday lives. I have been drawn to support others to live sustainably and have published a book, Sustainability with Style, to do just that, and as a longtime Manly resident I also personally know the positive impact having a local food Co-op can make in this quest. It has been a delight to see the transformation of the Co-op as it grows into a space that enables sustainable living for Manly residents and encourages new ways of buying and thinking about food. I am thrilled to be more involved in the Co-op to help all Manly residents achieve more sustainable, healthy and joyful living.
I love having a local Food Co-Op, as it has such a positive impact on the community and its people. Additionally, the MFC has a team of dedicated board members, staff and volunteers that really encompass what I believe makes the MFC great. Thankfully I have the opportunity to work with the other board members of MFC and assist where possible. My professional background is primarily in technology, in both the public and private sectors. Additionally, I reside on the board as an Executive Director of a successful for-profit business. I’m a husband, a father and a grateful Manly local. I’m looking forward to working with like-minded people and making a positive and healthy change.
Board of Directors
Strategy, IT, Grants, Fiscal Responsibility
I love the idea of the Co-Op. My strength is in business development and strategy. I am the founder of one the world’s largest surfboard and SUP companies. Joining the board a few years ago, I wanted to help make the Co-Op a more sustainable initiative from a strategy and financial standpoint. I would like my legacy to be just that. I love the idea that food is the counterpoint of health and that minimising waste is great for the planet. So much abuse of the planet and our bodies take place on a daily basis it is hard to understand how we got to this point. For me the Co-Op is part of a fantastic movement of people who have stopped and thought about things for a minute and choose to make a more conscious decision about how they want to live and the impact they want on their own bodies and the planet. I have lived in Manly since 2002, I love this place. I love how it is a worldwide tourist destination but at the heart of the town it is just a community full of like minded people if you care to spend time looking for them.
I joined the Co-Op a few years ago because I wanted to eat more organic wholefoods, reduce the waste I created and explore other models of doing business. The Co-Op helped me change my life in a positive way and I wanted to give something back to it. My professional skill set is in operational, financial and change management. I’ve been able to use these skills to help upgrade many of the systems, processes and physical environment of the Co-Op as well as find like minded people to fill key roles within the organisation. It’s been incredibly fulfilling to see the Co-Op evolve these past few years and be embraced by more and more people in the local community who by shopping at the Co-Op are living the changes they want to see in the world.
Products and Buying
As Product Manager at the co-op I take care of supporting the volunteer purchasing team, maintaining relationships withsuppliers and sourcing interesting new products for the shelves. Previous to taking a board position, I worked for the co-op as the shop co-ordinator when we were still at the old premises. In the time I’ve been involved I have seen the co-op blossom and grow and I’m excited to see how the co-op will evolve further now that we have moved into our beautiful new premises. I feel so lucky to have a food co-op on my doorstep. My hope for the Manly Food Co-op is that we can continue to build awareness in our community around sustainable waste-free shopping and inspire other communities to open their own food co-operatives!
Governance and Administration
I’ve been involved with the Co-op for several years now, as volunteer, lifetime member and board representative. I love the philosophy of the co-op as well as connecting with like minded people. I’m thrilled by the recent changes that have taken place at the co-op recently. It’s been exciting seeing many of the ideas we discussed years ago come to fruition. I am a lawyer, mother of two and manly local. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to assist the co-op with its strategic direction and plan for the future.
Manly Food Co-Operative
Manly's Organic Food & Grocery Store, Community Owned, Bulk Organic Whole Foods and Packaging-Free Shopping.
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 9am - 6pm Thur: 9am - 6:30pm Sat: 9am - 5pm Sun: 10am - 4pm Phone: 9977 0177