Plunkett Foundation has announced that Peter Couchman has stepped down after 8 years in the role of Chief Executive. Peter is relocating to North Tipperary, Ireland, to pursue a very different role of organic farmer with his fiancé.  

Peter leaves the Plunkett Foundation in a strong position with a healthy portfolio of projects and a highly experienced team.   

Plunkett Chair, Margaret Clark CBE says: “Plunkett Foundation has achieved an enormous amount under Peter’s leadership and has been largely responsible for raising the profile of, and support for, community cooperatives in the UK and more widely.  We wish him the very best for his new life as an organic farmer. The trustees remain deeply committed to the organisation and are focussed on achieving a strong future for the vital work of the Foundation”.    

The Chair also paid tribute to Head of Development, Mike Perry who left Plunkett Foundation to work for the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust in December. Mike leaves after 10 years of expanding Plunkett’s activities into new sectors including community pubs and woodlands.

The Foundation has no immediate plans to replace Peter or Mike but has put in place interim plans for current Head of Frontline James Alcock to take the role of General Manager, supported by Kathryn Morrison, Head of Support and Maurice Edgington, Senior Finance officer, to deliver the charitable objectives of the foundation. This will allow the organisation to take stock of its current activities and priorities for the future, whilst continuing to  focus on delivering the life-changing community projects and services for its members across the UK.

Notes to Editors:

Plunkett Foundation ( helps communities to take control of their challenges and overcome them together. We support people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives; enterprises that are owned and run democratically by large numbers of people in their community. They help people to tackle a range of issues, from isolation and loneliness to poverty, and come in many forms including shops, cafes, pubs and land-based initiatives, and everything in between.