Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the membership network for co-operative businesses. He is a long-term co-operator and has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice. From 2003 to 2009, he was Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council, merging this with two other bodies to found a new statutory consumer champion, Consumer Focus, in 2008. He was described by the Independent as "the most authoritative voice in the country speaking up for consumers”, while the Guardian has nominated him as one of the top 100 Most Influential Figures in British Social Policy. He has co-written a book, Consumer Kids, with Agnes Nairn on marketing to children, published by Constable in 2009.