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Read more about our Essential co-operative secretary training below. It takes place in Birmingham on Thursday 11 June, 10AM-4.30PM.
About the training
Co-op secretaries are key members of the management executive team. The most effective secretaries will be trusted advisors to the board, delivering essential services to ensure the well-being of their co-op in terms of legal operation, administration and compliance with corporate governance best practice.
This one-day training session provides all the essentials a successful co-operative secretary needs. There is a focus on the legal and governance knowledge required in addition to the softer skills needed to support and build relationships with the board of directors.
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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 skills and qualities required for a co-op secretary and learn about the areas that are key to the secretary carrying out their role effectively.
Who should attend
The session is aimed at those who are new to the co-op secretary role as it deals with the main legal and best practice responsibilities associated with the role as well as a refresher for secretaries established in their role that may need a refresher and an update on any key changes.
What attendees will learn
- To understand the legal duties and responsibilities of a secretary
- To understand the practical application of these duties
- To understand statutory reporting and paperwork requirements
- To gain knowledge around best practice for co-op secretaries
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.
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