Edgar Parnell has managed, studied, researched and advised a wide variety of self-help and mutual forms of enterprise (SHEs), in more than 40 countries. He started work at a retail co-op in the North of England, in his early twenties, he worked mainly on turning-around declining retail co-ops in the UK. During the late 1960s and the 1970s, he primarily worked on setting-up and developing SHEs in post-colonial countries.
Following the collapse of many communist regimes, he worked in several countries introducing market-based SHEs. He also worked in several countries where SHEs replaced government-sponsored marketing boards. In 1980 he joined the Oxford-based Plunkett Foundation and was its chief executive from 1984 to 1998; after which he became an independent consultant, working internationally. During his career, he has worked on projects for significant SHEs, governments, European and United Nations agencies, and been a representative on national, European and international bodies dealing with SHEs.
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