Chief Executive – The Midcounties Co-operative
A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants Ben previously worked within the public sector, notably Health and Education, before entering the world of mutuality.
Since then Ben has served the Co-operative Movement at the highest level in a number of roles. Ben is currently Chief Executive with the Midcounties Co-operative which employs over 9,000 staff with an annual turnover of over £1.3 billion.
Ben is a past Chair of Co-operatives UK. He was also Regional Chair of Business in the Community, and the Chair of Learning & Skills Council West Midlands, where he helped drive significant improvements in educational attainment levels and major investment in new college facilities.
His commitment to the Black Country is underlined by the role he played in establishing the Walsall Regeneration Company, which acted as a catalyst for a number of significant developments in Walsall. He has also been the Chair of the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust since 2004 where his passion for the improvement of healthcare in the Town was underpinned by the opening of a new hospital in 2010. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2010 for his ‘service to business and to the community in Walsall, West Midlands’.
In September 2012 Ben was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Wolverhampton. He was elected to the West Midlands Regional Council of the CBI in January 2015.