Head of Co-op Meals is taking 4 months off to assist her teenage sons revise

Jo Whitfield will take 4 months go away from Could (PA)

The CEO of Co-op’s meals division is taking 4 months of unpaid go away to assist her two sons revise for his or her exams.

Jo Whitfield, 54, will step away from her position this Could to help her youngsters as they put together to finish their GCSEs and A-Ranges.

She beforehand mentioned that though she “completely enjoys” her high-profile job, her household comes first.

Co-op mentioned the chance to use for an unpaid go away of absence is accessible to all its workers, and Whitfield will not be the primary to take it.

Whitfield, who was awarded a CBE final yr for her companies to retail in the course of the pandemic, has headed up the retailer’s meals enterprise since 2017.

She took residence a £1.4 million wage in 2020, based on Co-op’s annual report.

“I all the time knew that this yr could be an enormous yr with my boys enterprise key exams,” she mentioned of the information.

“We determined as a household, that with a view to put together for the inevitable strain and emotional turmoil that may contain, that when the time got here, I’d look to spend extra time with them to ease the problem.”

The group’s chief government, Steve Murrells, will take over Whitfield’s tasks throughout its 2,600 shops throughout her absence.

“I can take this time away reassured by the data we have now a robust meals management group who will hold transferring our Co-op ahead, working with help and steerage from Steve Murrells, our Co-op CEO,” Whitfield mentioned.

In an interview with the Night Normal in 2018, Whitfield mentioned she believes that “to be nice at work, you need to have your loved ones life in nice form”.

Commenting on her work-life stability she mentioned her husband has turn into “the spine of the household” since her position required her to do extra worldwide journey, and that doesn’t let her work have an effect on weekends along with her youngsters.

Whitfield’s announcement comes as England’s examination regulator, Ofqual, mentioned that grade boundaries for this yr’s exams are more likely to be decrease than in earlier years.

GCSE and A-level exams have been topic to cancellations all through the pandemic as a consequence of a number of nationwide lockdowns, tiered restrictions and faculty closures.

In 2020 and 2021, college students have been awarded marks based mostly on assessments by academics as an alternative of sitting exams.

Whereas nationwide exams will go forward this yr throughout the UK – the primary time because the pandemic started – they are going to be marked extra generously to make up for the disruption to studying.

Moreover, particulars of examination content material have been launched prematurely to assist pupils put together.