Board of Directors

We introduce the members of our board, and share details on how to become a board member. 

The board of Ethical Consumer is made up of:

  • 5 Worker Directors (elected by the worker members)
  • 2 Investor Member Directors (elected by the investor members)
  • 2 Non-Executive Directors (appointed by the board)

Every year we elect two investor-members to sit on our board. Nominations open in May, voting takes place in July and results are announced at the AGM in September. To find out what's involved and how to nominate yourself or someone else, download our nomination pack here. 

We’ve put together a short video on our website, including interviews with current board members, to give you more of an idea about what its like to be on our board.

Worker Directors

  • Rob Harrison
  • Tim Hunt
  • Joanna Long
  • Jane Turner
  • Anna Clayton
Image: Dan Welch

Investor Member Directors

Daniel Welch - Investor Member Director

Dr. Daniel Welch is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Consumption Institute and lectures in Sociology at the University of Manchester. His research interests include understanding processes of social change, behaviour change, consumption, economic sociology, corporate sustainability and sustainability communications. From 2006-2011 he was a researcher and writer with Ethical Consumer, and between 2008-2011 was co-editor of Ethical Consumer magazine. He has also worked as a copywriter specialising in sustainability issues and undertakes occasional consultancy projects.

Image: Fiona Nichols

Fiona Nicholls – Investor Member Director

Fiona Nicholls is Head of Assurance & Environment for Gowling WLG, overseeing internal audit, five international standards/certifications (e.g. ISO14001, ISO9001), environmental strategy, and supporting the Executive Team and Board. She has been an investor and subscriber with Ethical Consumer for umpteen years and has a passion for co-ops and the environment, as well as engaging the unengaged.

“We must work with and alongside enterprises that we might feel are beyond our usual boundaries, finding new ways to influence. EC is clearly at the forefront of transparent ethical consumerism, research and has genuine passion, already punching above its weight.”

Image: Shaun Fensom

Non-Executive Directors

Shaun Fensom - Non-Executive Director

Shaun is a specialist in the digital sector and within digital infrastructure development. He has 25 years’ experience setting up and running internet businesses and is Chair and senior consultant at the Community Broadband Network, and a founding director of Manchester Digital. Shaun co-founded Poptel, the pioneering co-operative on-line services provider that became one of the UK’s first ISPs and went on to launch the .coop top level internet domain in the first round of new domains in 2001. He was co-opted on the Ethical Consumer board in 2009.

Image: Sam Kimmins

Sam Kimmins - Non-Executive Director

Sam Kimmins is Head of the RE100 corporate campaign that brings together the world's most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. He has 20 years’ experience translating industry-leading practice into commercial opportunity across the shipping, aviation, food, construction & NGO sectors. For the past 7 years Sam has worked with companies across multiple sectors to develop & embed sustainability strategy, as Principal Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future.

Previously, Sam spent 10 years developing and embedding sustainable design strategies for major built environment projects at WSP and Beyond Green. Clients included Bovis Lend Lease, B&Q, Savilles, Sir Robert McAlpine, Emirates Stadium and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.