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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 two years we elect two investor-members to sit on our board. Nominations open in May 2022, voting takes place in July 2022 and results are announced at the AGM in September 2022. To find out what's involved and how to nominate yourself or someone else, download our nomination pack

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

Worker Directors

  • Elizabeth Chater
  • Anna Clayton
  • Alex Crumbie
  • Rob Harrison
  • Ruth Strange

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Investor Member Directors

Daniel Welch - Investor Member Director

Dr Dan Welch is a researcher at the Sustainable Consumption Institute and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. His academic research focuses on understanding processes of social change and their relation to consumption.

From 2006-2011 he was a researcher and writer with Ethical Consumer, and between 2008-2011 was co-editor of Ethical Consumer magazine. He was Associate Editor of the online social science magazine Discover Society 2018–2021, and is founding co-editor of the academic journal Consumption and Society (Bristol University Press). Dan previously worked as a copywriter specialising in sustainability communications and undertakes occasional consultancy projects relating to sustainable and ethical consumption.

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.”

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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.

Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt - Non-Executive Director

Tim is a comms and digital marketing consultant. He recently co-founded Data.Content.Reach Co-operative. They partner with a range of third sector organisations, including multiple independent publishers, to provide a digital content strategies.

Tim has worked in communications,  campaigning and alternative media since 2003 and was a co-founder of publication Manchester Mule (now The Meteor). He’s been involved with Ethical Consumer for almost 15 years, initially as a researcher, then as a co-editor, director and communications lead. He’s a board member at the Fair Tax Foundation and Red Pepper magazine.

He’s also a drummer, football coach, Stoke City supporter and dad of two.