Ben Reid (cooperativist)

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Ben Reid is a member of the board of directors of International Cooperative Alliance and former CEO of Midcounties Co-operative.


He began his career as an employee in a small co-operative in Ilkeston.[1] He moved to Walsall in 1988 when he was appointed deputy chief executive of West Midlands Co-op. He became chief executive in 1992. In 2005 West Midlands merged with the Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Society to become Midcounties Cooperative.

Under his leadership Midcounties Co-operative grew into the UK’s largest independent co-operative and moved also to childcare, travel, health and energy.[2] He was also an early pioneer of the Fair Tax Mark.[3]