Jo Bird

Co-operative advisor

Contact details
Governance (legal options)
Governance (set up)
Fundraising (social investment)
Engagement and consultation, including volunteering
North West
Northern Ireland
Yorkshire and the Humber
Jo Bird addresses Co-op Congress

Jo Bird has been a successful and practical co‑operator since 1993 when she co‑founded a housing co‑operative in Manchester.

Specialising in housing, policy, local government, and community engagement, J works freelance to help people take control through locally owned democratic businesses of all kinds.

Community Shares experience includes Northern Ireland Community Energy (£150,000 from 86 members), Boundary Brewing Belfast (£100,000 raised in ten days), Hayfield Sustainable Transport (£50,000), Village Greens (£100,000 from 400 members), Greater Manchester Tree Station (£140,000 raised from 200 members), FC United of Manchester (£2m from 2,000 members), and Shared Interest Society (£29m raised from 9,000 members).