Who is it for?

Are you new to the world of co-operative Boards? Do you need a couple of pointers on how to be a successful Director? This workshop is great for prospective Board members to provide an insight into co-ops and gives a strong foundation for starting in the role of Director. 

What will I learn?

Like anyone starting in a new role, the Directors’ Induction process is key to making the Board work as well as it can.

At the end of the course you’ll be able to:  

  • Explain the background to the global co‑operative movement
  • Describe a range of co‑operative structures
  • Outline the role of the Board and the Director
  • Explain how ‘Values in Action’ are evident in your co-op
  • Describe the importance of culture and team development
  • Explain the role of members in a co-op
  • Explain what makes an effective meeting
  • State the importance of good governance

Don’t forget: if you let us know, we can make sure The Directors' Induction content is tailored to your co-op.

How will I learn?

During the workshop you’ll learn by:

  • Participating in tutor-led discussions
  • Taking part in group activities
  • Studying case studies to identify best practice
  • Reflecting on your own experiences of membership and developing an action plan for the future

Meet the tutor

Adrian Ashton is a long-standing associate tutor with the college, having previously managed a co-operative development agency and undertaken various researches into the sector from the perspectives of types of co-op, different services and trading activities, and learning needs.

Alongside his role with the College, he currently supports a number of national co-op development and support programmes and initiatives, as well as working directly with a number of co-operative enterprises and societies.

Adrian also engages with social enterprises and charities in the delivery of consultancy and training activities, which means he brings additional perspectives to not only the challenges and opportunities co-operatives face, but also the experiences and motivations of their individual members.

Having been feted with a number of national and international support in recognition for his enterprise support, he also delivers an ongoing programme of guest lectures within several universities to profile the co-operative model, and its relevance, within different schools of study.


If the cost of this workshop is an issue for you or your organisation we welcome bursary applications - please find details here

Member Discount

Individual and Organisational members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

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