Rose Marley

Chief Executive
Co-operatives UK

Since joining Co-operatives UK as Chief Executive in January 2021, Rose Marley has been leading the way in highlighting the crucial role that co-operatives can play in building back better from the Covid-19 pandemic.
With a background in creative industries, technology, the gig economy and entrepreneurship, Rose is a passionate advocate for social enterprise and values-led business.

She founded Manchester-based social enterprise SharpFutures, which supports diverse, young talent into creative, digital and tech industries, and led a pilot campaign improving local travel opportunities and raising aspiration for young people in Manchester.

She is currently the chair of the Social Enterprise Advisory Group for the Greater Manchester Industrial Strategy and an advisory board member for SODA (School of Digital Arts). Self-employed from a young age, she cut her teeth in the music business in the era known as ‘Madchester’ before turning her hand to social enterprise and event producing. She has been involved with co-operatives throughout her life, including through her granddad’s family funeral business, which is still trading today.

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