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Training: Essential co-op secretary


Start date / time
Thursday 23 September 2021, 10:00am
End date / time
Thursday 23 September 2021, 12:30pm
£45 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK £65 + VAT for non-members
More information
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Organised by
Co-operatives UK
Event type
Training co-op secretary september 2021

Join Linda Barlow from Co‑operatives UK for this online training on Thursday 23 September from 10am‑12.30pm. 

About the training

Co-op 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?

  • £45 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK.
  • £65 + VAT 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

Linda Barlow is the Co-operative Governance Advisor in the Advice Team at Co operatives UK. The team advises co-operatives, and organisations in the wider Social Economy, on their corporate governance arrangements. Linda works with a wide variety of co-operative, not for profit and charitable organisations. This enables her to have a broad understanding of the range of corporate governance matters affecting these organisations.

Linda project managed the 2015 update to the publication of the Handbook of Co operative and Community Benefit Society Law. She recently updated Co operatives UK’s acclaimed publication, Simply Legal, which provides easily accessible information on legal structures and governance and blogs on a range of corporate law topics.

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.