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Training: Co-op secretary I: The Essentials


Start date / time
Thursday 18 May 2023, 10:00am
End date / time
Thursday 18 May 2023, 12:30pm
Online via Zoom Meeting
£60 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK £85 + VAT for non-members
More information
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Organised by
Co-operatives UK
Event type
Training – Co-op Secretary I: The Essentials

Join Dane Pollard from Co‑operatives UK for this online training on Thursday 18 May from 10am‑12.30pm. 

About the training

Co-operative secretaries are key members of the management executive team.

The most effective secretaries will be trusted advisors to the board. They will deliver essential services to ensure the well-being of their co-op. This applies to the legal operation, administration as well as compliance with corporate governance best practice.

In this training, learn the essentials a successful co-operative secretary needs. From the legal and governance knowledge required, to the 'softer' skills needed to support and build relationships with the board of directors.


  • This training course will take place online for 2.5 hours
  • A presentation will be delivered, followed by a Q&A session.
  • A break will be incorporated within the training course

How much does it cost?

  • £60 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK.
  • £85 + VAT for non-members. Co-operatives UK members receive 30% off all paid events – plus LOTS more benefits. Learn about Co-operatives UK membership.

Interested in attending Secretary I and Secretary II

  • Get a discount when booking onto both training courses at the same time
  • Email [email protected] to make your bookings and gain the discount
  • £180 + VAT (discounted from £210) for members of Co-operatives UK
  • £262 + VAT (discounted from £305) for non-members. Co-operatives UK members receive 30% off all paid events – plus LOTS more benefits. Learn about Co-operatives UK membership.

What attendees will learn

Learn the skills and qualities required for a co-op secretary – and how a secretary can carry out their role effectively. This includes:

  • The legal duties and responsibilities of a secretary.
  • The practical application of these duties.
  • Statutory reporting and paperwork requirements.
  • Understanding best practice for co-op secretaries.

Who should attend

  • Those new to the co-op secretary role as it deals with the main legal and best practice responsibilities associated with the role.
  • Existing secretaries wanting a refresher and an update on any key changes.

About the trainer

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.

Recording the training

This training course will be recorded and shared with training participants afterwards. The recording will be available for one month after the training date. If you are unable to attend on the stated date, you can still book on to receive the recording link.