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New member meeting – June


Start date / time
Friday 24 June 2022, 10:00am
End date / time
Friday 24 June 2022, 11:00am
Free - Members of Co-operatives UK only
More information
[email protected]
Organised by
Co-operatives UK
Event type
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Join our membership team for this meeting on Friday 24 June from 10-11am.

About the meeting

Discover more about Co-operatives UK, who we are, what services we offer and how you can get involved as a member. This will also be a great opportunity to meet other co-ops and expand your network of contacts. We can't wait to meet you!


  • This meeting will take place online for 1 hour
  • An introduction to Co-operatives UK will be delivered followed by an informal chat where you'll be encouraged to share your thoughts, feedback and any questions you have relating to your membership. 

How much does it cost?

This meeting is FREE and open to members only. Learn about Co-operatives UK membership.

What attendees will gain

You will have the opportunity to meet our membership team, meet other co-ops, learn some governance tips and share your thoughts, feedback and questions. 

Who should attend?

This meeting is aimed at members only:

  • New members
  • Existing members

Meet our team

Gareth Wright, Member Relations Co-ordinator, Co-operatives UK

Gareth has been finding solutions to common business needs for almost 20 years. He’s worked with clients from a range of sectors in the UK and across Europe. Since joining Co-operatives UK in 2012, he’s been working directly with our members to ensure they have access to practical advice and guidance. He also delivers training and hosts local networking events. Gareth is never too far from co-ops, as he’s an active member of his local credit union, a co-op pub and a brewery. In his spare time, you’ll find him walking in the hills or riding one of his bikes.

Irena Pistun, Member Relations Co-ordinator, Co-operatives UK

Irena joined Co-operatives UK as member relations coordinator in May 2018. Coming from a media, PR and stadium events background she has handled big budgets and big stories but was seeking bigger values. 

A committed Christian and treasurer for her local church and community centre, Irena is passionate about diversifying the co-op sector and talking to members about using their values (and zero budgets) to raise their own profiles.

Dane Pollard, Co-operative Governance Support Advisor, Co-operatives UK

Dane works in our Advice team and is the first point of contact for all governance and legal enquiries. Dane specialises in providing advice and guidance to new start co-operatives and mutuals looking to incorporate and supports all types of co-ops with their governance arrangements, processes and policies. Dane also acts as account manager to members that have set up in the last two years and provides guidance to them on all aspects of their governance calendar. He has many years of experience dealing with customers in the retail sector as well as clients in the corporate world.