Press release

Professional training for co-operative practitioners

Practitioners Forum 2015

Practitioners Forum

9:30 to 4:30, Thursday 19 November

The Studio, central Manchester

The only event of its kind, the Practitioners Forum offers professional training for people operating in key roles in co-operative businesses large and small.

An annual one-day professional development and networking event, it offers specialist forums on communications, finance, governance, HR and membership. Delegates can focus on one stream or mix and match throughout the day.

Highlights of this year's Practitioners Forum include:

  • Jo Hunter of the New Citizenship Project on the learning from their work on membership with Tate, the National Trust and BBC in the Membership forum
  • One of the UK's leading tax experts and campaigners, Richard Murphy, on the principles and practice around tax efficiency in the Finance forum
  • Matthew Kirk, who joined the Wine Society after a senior role at Orange, on digital transformation at a large co-operative retailer in the Communications forum
  • Co-operative legal and governance expert, Kevin Jacquiss, on innovations to strengthen governance arrangements in the Governance forum
  • Sara Barrett, partner at Mills & Reeve LLP, on how social media is blurring private and work life, and what it means for employers, in the HR forum

Each of the forums will be intimate, allowing specialists to spend the day together learning and sharing best practice.

The Practitioners Forum takes place on Thursday 19 November and  is a unique professional development opportunity for co-operative practitioners, enabling delegates to learn from experts and network with peers.

Members of Co-operatives UK can book their place for just £99 plus VAT.