Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the trade body that works to promote, develop and unite co-operative and mutual enterprises.
He is a long-term co-operator with a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice.
Ed rose to prominence as director of the New Economics Foundation and chaired the Jubilee 2000 campaign, launching a world record petition in the process.
He was part of the team that founded the Fairtrade mark, and from 2003, he was Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council.
He is Chair of the charity, Involve, which is a thought-leader on participatory practice and Chair of the Communications Committee of the International Co-operative Alliance. He is also Vice-President of Co-operatives Europe and a Board member of the education charity, the Co-operative College.
The Independent has described Ed as "the most authoritative voice in the country speaking up for consumers", while the Guardian nominated him as one of the top 100 most influential figures in British social policy.
He has an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University for his contribution to building ethical markets.