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] Under his leadership Midcounties Co-operative became an early champion of the Fair Tax Mark[3] and also served as the chair of Cooperatives UK.[4]

In 2018, Reid was appointed Chair of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust,[5] and in 2019 Chair of the University of Wolverhampton.[5]


  1. ^ "Board of Directors - ICA". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ Bibby, Andrew (2013). "Making co-operatives profitable". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ Scott, Craiag (2014). "Fair Tax Mark to reward tax justice". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Corner shops push Co-op profit up 38%". The Guardian. 2004.
  5. ^ a b "Mr Ben Reid OBE - University of Wolverhampton".