Friday: Practitioners’ Forum

As part of Co-operatives United, this year’s Practitioners’ Forum is gathering practitioners working with and within co-operative and mutual organisations.

As part of Co-operatives United, this year’s Practitioners’ Forum is gathering practitioners working with and within co-operative and mutual organisations.

The forum is an invitation for secretaries and accountants, as well as legal, HR, marketing and communications professionals, to collaborate and share best practices. It also gives participants the occasion to meet members and representatives of the worldwide co-operative movement and participate in the free events which will be running at Manchester Central throughout the day.

Co-operatives UK’s Practitioners’ Forum comprises plenary sessions and four separate forums with 45-minute workshops offering practical guidance and opportunities to network with your peers.

At the forum Martin Lowery, Executive Vice President of the National Electric Co-operative Association, will look at the main factors that contribute towards business performance and growth. He will share his experience as Head of External Affairs at the the National Rural Electrical Co-operative Association (NRECA).

After the plenary the event will break out into the four separate forums:

• Accountants Forum, with practical and technical updates on accountancy, with the contribution of KPMG.

• Secretaries’ Forum, for all those responsible for the corporate administration in co-operatives, featuring David Alcock – from Anthony Collins Solicitor- with a practical session on Competition Law. Cliff Mills, Consultant at the law firm, Cobbetts will be leading the session. Sam Turner, membership and community manager at Lincolnshire Co-operative, will also be speaking at the Secretaries’ Forum.

• People and Performance Forum, bringing together those with responsibility for people management and human resources. In its second edition, it will receive a member of John Lewis’ partnership council who will lead a presentation on their successful approach to inducting their employees into their partnership culture.

• Marketing and Communications Forum, a new series of workshops focusing on best practice in communicating key points of difference for co-operative businesses. Andy Bounds, Enterprise Editor at the Financial Times, will look at the potential of PR as one of the most cost effective promotional tools.

Julia Casson, director of Board Insight Limited, will also attend Co-operatives UK’s Practitioners’ Forum to discuss on the recent changes to the Co-operatives UK Corporate Governance Code for Consumer Societies.

Speakers also include: Alex Hassan, Director of Baywind Energy Co-op, Neil Carden, Insight Director at The Co-operative Group, Mary Lou Schaefer, Retail Co-op Experience Project Manager at The Co-operators Group Ltd and Ged Devlin, Legal Services Team at Co-operatives UK.

The Practitioners’ Forum will take place on Friday, 2 November, between 9:30-16:30 at Exchange Rooms.

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