The Co-operative Party has appointed a new general secretary, Michael Stephenson. A former adviser at Number 10, Michael will take office from Monday 28 July, taking over from Peter Hunt who left earlier this year.

Michael will be joining the Party from NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts), where he is currently Executive Director, Corporate Communications.

Michael has experience at the highest levels of government, both in the UK and Australia. He has been a senior adviser at 10 Downing Street, Chief of Staff to the Premier of Queensland and Chief of Staff to the Queensland Minister for Education. He has also taught politics at Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology.

In the Party’s press release, Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party’s NEC, said, “Michael Stephenson will be a first class General Secretary. He already has an excellent record of service to governments in the UK and Australia; and with his extensive political experience I have no doubt he will be an invaluable source of advice and support for the co-operative movement, and the Co-operative Party in particular.”

Look out for Michael’s interview with Susan Press in the next Co-op News.