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Consumer Focus appoints new Chief Executive

Published: 22 December 2009

Consumer Focus, the consumer champion, has announced today the appointment of Mike O’Connor as its new Chief Executive from 19 January 2010.

Mike is currently Chief Executive of the Olympic Lottery Distributor which supports London 2012.   He has worked across Government and the voluntary sector. He has been involved in campaigning for consumers’ rights at Consumers International, an international federation of consumer bodies, where he was Director for Developed Economies.  His early career included senior roles at the HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health, where he was Private Secretary to the Minister of Health.  Mike received a CBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List in 2000.  Previously, Mike was Chief Executive of the Millennium Commission, responsible for distributing funds generated by the National Lottery to mark the start of the new millennium. 

Mike will lead a strong team at Consumer Focus and will be able to use its full range of powers and resources to deliver for consumers.  His role is to change the behaviour of business, Government and regulators to ensure consumers are at the very heart of their thinking.

Lord Whitty, Chair of Consumer Focus, said: ‘We are delighted that someone of Mike’s calibre is joining us. He has led complex organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.  Mike also brings with him a passion for promoting and protecting consumer rights, and a wealth of experience in shaping public policy at the very highest level.  We believe he offers a strength of leadership and focus that will give consumers the strongest voice in an economic climate where they are under more pressure than ever before.’




Notes to editors

  • Mike O’Connor was brought up partly in the UK (London) and the Republic of Ireland (Kerry).  He has degrees in natural and social science.  He has sat on a number of charity Boards, most recently the Mental Health Foundation.    
  • Consumer Focus is the independent champion for consumers in the UK, created from the merger of energywatch, Postwatch and the National Consumer Council (including the Scottish and Welsh Consumer Councils). Consumer Focus is the voice of the consumer, and works to secure a fair deal on their behalf.

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