Mr Murrells will work with 14 other chief executives from a wide range of organisations, including National Grid, Nationwide, O2, TechUK, NCVO and Big Lottery Fund.
He said: “I am really excited to be joining like-minded people who are committed to tackling some of society’s toughest challenges.
“The Co-op’s purpose extends beyond creating pure commercial value alone. Our 4.6 million members expect their Co-op to help create positive social impact and value in areas such as skills, inclusion and wellbeing. This opportunity enables me to share those goals, with like-minded partners, and to develop mutual solutions, which can support and strengthen communities across the UK.”
Jeremy Wright, secretary of state at DCMS, said: “I’d like to welcome Steve to the Inclusive Economy Partnership and have no doubt his vast experience and ethos will make a great contribution as we work to solve some of the country’s most difficult social challenges.”