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Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard

Campaign and Public Affairs Director, Co-op

In a twenty year career in the Civil Service, Paul worked in senior roles which included responsibility for the operational delivery of the £40bn tax credits and Child Benefit system and the strategy to tackle multi-billion organised criminal attacks on the UK’s indirect tax and excise duty systems.

Paul joined the Co-op Group in 2016 and as Campaigns, Public Affairs and Board Secretariat Director, he leads the Co-op’s engagement with Government on a range of public policy issues and manages the internal Board governance of the Co-op.

Paul leads the Co-op’s campaigning activity through their multi-award winning campaigns on slavery, loneliness, shopworker violence, climate justice and social mobility. He regularly gives evidence to Parliamentary Committees and appears on national media on these campaigns.

He is a trustee of the Cooperative Heritage Trust, a Board Member of Co-operatives UK and the Chair of HMP Risley’s Employment Advisory Board.