Co-operative Ways Forward : Co-operative Renewal


Conference Programme : Update

Booking is via Eventbrite

  • 9am Registration Refreshments: Networking : Exhibition stalls
  • 10.00am Opening Plenary: A renewed co-operative movement is possible

Key note speakers:
Sir Graham Melmoth, former CEO of the Co-operative Group
Meg Hillier MP
Patrick Gray, Midcounties Co-operative.
followed by questions, contributions and debate with conference participants.

  • 12.00pm Refreshments break
  • 12.10pm Workshops

Workshop 1. Renewing the purpose and membership of co-operatives. Speakers: Edgar Parnell, co-op pundit

Workshop 2. Governance: Multi-channel mechanisms for member control and participation. Speakers: Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation; Dave Boyle, Principle Six

Workshop 3. Social inclusion strategies: making co-ops relevant to young people. Speakers: Rosie Evered, Students for Co-operation; Kevin Wan, North West Housing Services

  • 1pm Lunch (including a private meeting opportunity for Area Committee members only)
  • 2pm Workshops

Workshop 4. Corruption vs transparency in co-ops. Speakers: Andrew Bibby, journalist; Iain Macdonald, former Director General, International Co-operative Alliance

Workshop 5. Succession planning and training and for senior decision makers. Speakers: Paul Gosling, independent finance columnist

Workshop 6. Inter-trade between co-operatives. Interactive speed dating workshop for buying from and selling to co-ops.

  • 2.50pm Break
  • 3pm Workshops

Workshop 7. Best practice in communities: living wage and salary ratios.

Workshop 8. Co-op Farms: the case for new co-operative ownership.

Workshop 9. Exploring new co-ops in specialist businesses: case studies health and pharmacy. Speakers: Paul Clarke, GMB and others.

  • 3.50pm Refreshments break
  • 4pm Closing plenary

Key note speakers:
Jo Bird, Co-operative Business Consultants
Vivian Woodell, The Phone Co-op; Frances Coppola, for banker turned financial writer.
Followed by questions, contributions and debate with conference participants.

  • 5pm Close

All conference goers are invited to a pre-conference dinner on Thursday 15 May at 6pm. We will be dining from the regular vegetarian counter menu, at the 8th Day co-op cafe, 111 Oxford Road, M1 7DU, next to Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union.

Ways Forward 2: Co-operative Renewal is sponsored by: Co-operative Business Consultants (CBC), East of England Co-op, Midcounties Co-operative, North West Housing Services

Booking is via Eventbrite

(Programme is subject to change – more speakers will be announced here)

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