Cath Muller

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I came to co-operative living and working in the mid-90s via eco-activism, Cornerstone Housing Co-op and the Radical Routes federation of co-ops working for radical social change. I still live in Cornerstone, work for Footprint Workers’ Co-op and have helped found several co-ops as social enterprises, campaigning organisations or community development projects, all with the aim of eventual financial self-reliance. I co-authored the Radical Routes publication ‘How to Set Up a Workers’ Co-operative’ and am currently working on updating ‘How to Set Up a Housing Co-operative’.

I am a trained facilitator for Carbon Conversations

Current Directorships
Cornerstone Housing Co-op
Footprint Workers Co-operative

Previous Directorships
Chapeltown Development Trust CIC
Green Leeds Community Investors
Oblong Community Resource Centre
Leeds Community Organising

I have created and advised groups & co-ops with all kinds of legal structures – Societies, Companies, Community Interest Companies and unincorporated associations, with and without charitable objects, grant-dependent and self-reliant. I enjoy working with collectives and non-hierarchical groups, looking at participatory democracy, accountability, communication and co-operative working skills. I’m particularly interested in how values and social goals can be embodied in the legal structures and the culture of co-ops, both to encourage and reinforce activity towards them and to maintain group cohesion and identity.

ILM VRQ Level 5 Certificate in Social Enterprise Support
Diploma in Bilingual Secretarial Skills, l’Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni
City & Guilds Level 1 Printing and Print Finishing

Some past clients
Leeds Print Workshop
Horton Community Farm
Leeds Community Timebank
Leeds Bread Co-operative
Yorkshire Woodland Society
Shangrileeds Co-Housing
Training & Lecturing

One off and repeat sessions for the following institutions
Leeds University School of Geography
Better Leeds Communities (Leadership Training)
The Young Foundation (Accelerator Course)
The Tetley
The Green Gathering Speakers Forum
Students for Co-operation
Cardiff Met Uni School of Health Sciences/Intentional Communities