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Philip Ponsonby

The Midcounties Co-op

Phil took up the role of Group CEO for the UK’s largest independent Co-operative Society, The Midcounties Co-operative, in August 2018 having originally joined to run its food retail business in 2015. Prior to joining The Midcounties Co-op, Phil was at the Southern Co-operative, where he was Chief Operating Officer for seven years.

He is a Board member of the Association of Convenience Stores and a Director for Federal Retail Trading Services Ltd which binds the relationship between the UK’s co-operatives involved in food retail.

Phil firmly believes in the purity of food and transparency in provenance. He is a member of the Happerley Advisory Board which is a scheme focused on improving traceability and allowing consumers to verify the origins of their food and ingredients.