Terence Thomas, Baron Thomas of Macclesfield

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Terence James Thomas, Baron Thomas of Macclesfield CBE (19 October 1937 – 1 July 2018) was a British politician and banker, member of the Labour and Co-operative parties.


Thomas was a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Carmarthen, where his father was a transport manager and his mother ran a greengrocery. He did his national service in the army, serving at Shrapnel Barracks in Woolwich, south east London. He then joined the National Provincial Bank.[1]

Thomas joined the Co-operative Bank in 1973 as marketing manager.[2] He served as chief executive of the bank for nine years, before retiring in the late 1990s.[2] He suffered a stroke in 1999; in his 2010 autobiography, he says this was caused by a hole in the heart of which he had been unaware.[1]

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.[3]

He died on 1 July 2018 at the age of 80.[4]

Honours and styles[edit]


Having been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours,[5] he was created a life peer as Baron Thomas of Macclesfield, of Prestbury in the County of Cheshire on 5 November 1997.[6] 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.[7]

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 "A Man of Integrity". Manchester Evening News. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "How the Co-op Bank was almost sold for £110m". thenews.coop. Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Profile; accessed 13 April 2009.
  4. ^ Tributes paid to ethical banking giant Lord Terry Thomas
  5. ^ "No. 54794". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1997. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "No. 54945". The London Gazette. 11 November 1997. p. 12655. 
  7. ^ "Four absent peers cease to be House of Lords members". BBC News. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 

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