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In-depth guides: director, chair, secretary, minutes

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Type: Practical guides  |  Topic: Governance  |  Format: Documents and policies

The secretary, board of directors and its chair play a vital role in the successful running of any business, and in a co-operative they are particularly significant. These in-depth guides set out the statutory and business requirements of chairs and directors of co-operatives.

The Essential Society Secretary and Essential Society Director provide guidance for co-operatives registered as a co-operative or commmunity benefit society and the Essential Company Secretary and Essential Company Director provide a similar overview for those registered as a company. The Essential Chairperson guide is applicable to all forms of registered co-operatives.

A further guide covers the effective taking of minutes, with editable guides for board of director meetings and AGMs.

Read more about the duties of a governing body.


Co-operatives UK offers bespoke governance advice as well as role specific training. Contact [email protected] for more information.