Conference Programme : Update
- 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
(Programme is subject to change – more speakers will be announced here)