Mark Johnson

Co-operative advisor

Elderflower Legal & Secretarial Services

Business planning
Community shares
Engagement and consultation, including volunteering
Fundraising (social investment)
Governance (legal options)
Governance (set up)
Organisational development (growth)
East Midlands
West Midlands
North West
South East
Yorkshire and the Humber
Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is a commercial solicitor and ICSA-qualified Company Secretary with over 21 years’ experience of developing successful new business models, social and community enterprises. 

Mark has served as legal counsel, company secretary as well as a non executive director to many enterprises, helping with business planning and strategy, as well as governance and compliance issues.

Sector specialisms:

  • Public services
  • Public Sector Spin-Outs and Mutuals
  • Social Care
  • Healthcare
  • Education and Children’s Services
  • Sports
  • Leisure and Cultural
  • Regeneration


  • Develop your Community Share Offer – working on your Business Plan and Offer Document
  • Craft the right constitution and legal format to take forward your project – demystifying and explaining the legal structure and formalities
  • Secure tax relief from HMRC
  • Arrange listing of the Community Shares on a suitable crowdfunding platform to ease administration and processing of payments
  • Apply for the Community Shares Standard Mark – an important hallmark to give investors confidence that the share offer has followed best practice
  • Independent review and assessment of your community share offer to obtain the Standard Mark
  • Maintain your share registers and ensure shareholder communications and meetings are legally compliant
  • Ensure your organisation’s governance is following best practice and take care of compliance tasks.