Former head of travel for Central England Co-operative, Paul Dale, and former sales and marketing manager, Louise Renyard, are to leave Midcounties Co-operative next week, in a mutually-agreed departure.

Dale and Renyard joined Midcounties Co-operative in August 2020, when the transfer agreement for 16 Central England Co-operative travel shops was finalised.

Over the past 11 weeks, the pair have helped to support the integration of the former Central England Co-operative travel shops into the Midcounties Co-operative network and will leave the business at the end of October.

Rad Sofronijevic, chief operating officer of Midcounties Co-operative’s travel division, said: “We’d like to thank Paul and Louise for their commitment and dedication these past few months.  What they have achieved in this short space of time – getting the former Central England Co-operative travel teams settled into our family and integrating the branches into the Midcounties retail estate – has been outstanding.

“The support they have provided to Midcounties Co-operative has been invaluable and their positive contribution to the travel industry will have a lasting impact. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them the very best for the future.”

Dale, who was head of travel for Central England Co-operative for more than 20 years, said: “I’m extremely thankful for all the opportunities that being part of a Co-op has given me over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed my travel journey. I’m excited about what the next chapter may hold for me and am very pleased for my Central England Co-operative colleagues who have integrated really well into the Midcounties Co-operative team. It’s a great brand and, when travel recovers, they will be in a strong position to take advantage.”