Ed Mayo


Distribution of Wealth Commission


Ed-mayoEd Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises. 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.

Personal Perspective on the Wealth Commission

My day job is working with businesses based on mass ownership and shared profits. Are we an antidote, an alternative or an irrelevance? I want to know. So I hope to work with the Commission to explore and help promote a comprehensive business and economic agenda is for greater quality and more common wealth.