Training: Essential co-operative director – Leeds

Take your co-op to the next level with our one day training courses, delivered by co-operative experts.

Read more about our Essential co-operative director training below. It takes place in Leeds on Wednesday 28 October, 10AM-4.30PM.


About the training

Who can be on a co-operative's board of directors and what are their legal responsibilities? This training course covers these issues and all the other essentials required to be an effective member of the board of a co-op, with a focus on legal duties. Attendees will benefit from both a theory-led and practical approach in sessions delivered by experienced professional trainers.

This one-day training session provides all the essentials a successful co-operative director needs. There is a focus on the legal and governance knowledge required in addition to the softer skills needed to support and build relationships.

"An eye opener, really motivating! The trainer had excellent knowledge. Personally, a game changer. Thank you!"
Director, Unicorn Grocery

How much does it cost?

The training costs £150 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK and £215 + VAT for non-members.

How attendees will benefit

Attendees will benefit by understanding the role of a co-op director and their legal responsibilities. They will also learn about what they can do to be an effective director and discuss the attributes and skills of a ‘perfect director’ in a co-op. Attendees will complete the training knowing what the role of the board is and the directors place within it, and will know what they need to do to make their board effective.

Who should attend

The training is for those who have recently been appointed to the board of their co-op or who are thinking about becoming a director. It also acts as a refresher for more experienced directors.

What attendees will learn

  • To understand the legal duties and responsibilities of a director
  • To understand the practical application of these duties in relation to their role
  • To gain an awareness of the role of the board in relation to the members and the employees
  • To understand what constitutes, and how you can contribute towards, a high performing co-op board

About the trainer

Linda Barlow is the Co-operative Governance Advisor in the Advice Team at Co‑operatives UK which 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 which 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, has 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.


Event details
Date and time
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
United Kingdom
More information
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Updated: 01/11/2019