Terence Thomas, Baron Thomas of Macclesfield

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Terence James Thomas, Baron Thomas of Macclesfield CBE (born 19 October 1937) is a Labour and Co-operative politician and banker.


Thomas joined the Co-operative Bank in 1973 as marketing manager.[1] He served as chief executive of the bank for nine years, before retiring in the late 1990s.[1] He reportedly suffered a stroke in 1999.[citation needed]

He was Chairman of the East Manchester Partnership (1990–1996) and founding Chairman of the North West Partnership. Thomas later served as Chair of Capita Group (1997–98). He was a member of the House of Lords Monetary Policy & European Affairs Select Committees. He is a member of the Regional Policy Forum, President of the Society for Co-operative Studies, Honorary President of the North West Co-operative and Mutual Council and Life President of the North West Business Leadership Team.[2]

Honours and styles[edit]


Having been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours,[3] he was created a life peer as Baron Thomas of Macclesfield, of Prestbury in the County of Cheshire on 5 November 1997.[4] He sat in the House of Lords until 18 May 2016, at which point he ceased to be a member pursuant to section 2 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, having failed to attend during the whole of the 2015-16 session without being on leave of absence.[5]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1937–1997: Mr Terence Thomas
  • 1997: Mr Terence Thomas CBE
  • 1997–: The Rt Hon. The Lord Thomas of Macclesfield CBE


  1. ^ a b "How the Co-op Bank was almost sold for £110m". thenews.coop. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Profile; accessed 13 April 2009.
  3. ^ "No. 54794". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1997. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "No. 54945". The London Gazette. 11 November 1997. p. 12655. 
  5. ^ "Four absent peers cease to be House of Lords members". BBC News. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 

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