Simon Parkinson is Chief Executive & Principal of Co-operative College UK. Simon joined the Co-operative College in 2015 having previously worked at Royal Mencap Society, the country’s leading charity for people with learning disabilities. At the Co-operative College Simon is building on the strong foundations of the past whilst creating a new, vibrant, innovative and relevant heart for co-operation education. The Co-operative College is an educational charity dedicated to the promotion of co-operative values and principles. Simon is a member of the Executive Oversight Committee and Values & Principles board for the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network. Simon grew up in Salford and attended both Salford University and Warwick University and has a Masters degree in Public Administration.