LCNC is using a new and unique set of Industrial & Provident Society (IPS) Model Rules from Somerset Co-operative Services for a Multistakeholder Co-operative, combining the accountability and democracy of co-ops with the social reporting and investment opportunities associated with social enterprise.
LCNC's multistakeholder rules permit different stakeholder groups to have a voice in the running of the organisation. They enable the co-operative to bring in its non-user members with limited rights, and issue withdrawable and transferable shares, whilst ensuring accountability and internal democracy.
These rules explicitly refer to all seven co-op principles - a first in the UK. They also include built in social accounting to maintain strong social returns, as well as establishing a Commonwealth Council, again unique in the UK. The Model Rules are written in plain English - rather than legalese - wherever possible.
Click here to read our primary Multistakeholder Rules
The current secretary of LILAC mutual home ownership society Ltd, and director of the UK cohousing network. He is also a reader in Cities and Social Change in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds.
Chris has served thirty continuous years in training and consultancy in the co-operative sector. He has assisted in the formation and legal registration of hundreds of co-ops (startups, spinouts, buyouts and conversions), troubleshooted countless governance problems and designed programmes for growth and systems development for dozens of co-ops.
He became a founder member of CAN in 1989 and has worked on their behalf with two hundred and thirty client co-operatives and social enterprises. He has focused on the empowerment of other workers in the field, developing the Co-operative Development Worker Toolkit comprising such tools as the Governance Audit Tool and The Development Needs Analysis. He has also been a founder-member of a Credit Union, a Housing Co-operative, a Community Co-operative and a Co-operative Consortium.
He was the CAN representative responsible for driving the setting up of the first regional consortium of Co-operative Development Bodies (South East Co-operative Support). His current role in SECS is Society Secretary and Chair of the Quality Committee where he is engaged in creating quality standards and audit systems for service delivery by sub-contracting CDBs.
He has worked as part of the teams that developed and piloted training for the co-operative and social enterprise sectors from the BTEC accredited Co-operative Certificate in Business Administration (CCBA) in the 1980s through the Cork University Certificate in Social Enterprise Employee Development (SEED) in the 1990s and the OCN accredited Social Enterprise Start-Up Programme (SESUP) and Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Worker Training (CASEDWTP) in this century. He has worked in delivery teams on delivery of fifty-six iterations of these courses and more than a hundred deliveries of short-form variants, extracted workshops etc., gaining from the feedback and suggestions from thousands of participants along the way.
His qualifications include an Honours degree in Politics from Sussex University, a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies – Human Resources (with Distinction) from the Anglian Regional Management Centre, North London University and the Certificate in Management (Social Enterprise) from the (then) University of the South Bank.
The Glass-House Community Led Design
The Glass-House Community Led Design is a national charity supporting public participation and leadership in the design of the built environment.
The mission of The Glass-House is to make great places a reality for everyone by putting local people at the heart of transformation and change in their neighbourhoods. For over twelve years, The Glass-House has worked with a wide range of stakeholders and local people as an independent enabler of participation in the design of neighbourhoods, housing, open spaces and buildings.
We champion great placemaking built on collaboration, and we bring people together through design to develop a shared path to better places.
Sophia de Sousa, FRSA AoU
Chief Executive, The Glass-House Community Led Design
Sophia joined The Glass-House in June 2005, and is committed to the charity’s mission to raise the standard of placemaking through public participation and leadership in the design of buildings, spaces, housing and neighbourhoods. As Chief Executive at The Glass-House, Sophia works to ensure that community participation and leadership in development and regeneration is not a token gesture, but a valuable means of informing good, inclusive, sustainable design that benefits local people and that leads to the long-term improvement of neighbourhoods.
Sophia is an advocate of cross sector partnerships and believes them essential to the success of placemaking and of community empowerment. Sophia sits on a number of advisory groups and panels including the English Heritage Urban Panel and has extensive experience in hands-on delivery of training and support to community groups and professionals to enable collaborative placemaking.
Michael Howlett and Bee Rowan, Strawbuild
Strawbuild is a not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the design and construction of straw bale buildings, both in the U.K. and overseas. Strawbuild offers a range of services from “front-end” assistance such as building design and obtaining planning and Building Regulations approvals through to on-site workshops, training and contract build.
Civic Architects Ltd
A founder member of Stepping Stones and Cornerstone Housing Co-operatives and Footprint Workers Co-operative, Alex moved to Somerset in 1999 to start Yeovil Car Pool, the Ecological Land Co-operative and UpStart Services (which later became Somerset Co-operative Services CIC, Somerset's co-operative development body). More recently he founded Somerset Co-operative Community Land Trust and joined the board of South West Co-op Support.
Alex studied politics at Leeds University, worked for Yeovil College as a lecturer in IT, has received training in Fundraising and Training Skills from the DSC, and in Planning for Real from the Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation (he is NIF training associate). Alex became SFEDI accredited as a social enterprise advisor in 2008. He is the author of ‘Empowering the Earth’ (Green Books, 2000) and Simply Finance (Co-operatives UK, 2010).
His work in Somerset Co-operative Services has included work on housing, transport, co-operative share issues, secondary co-operatives and co-operative development infrastructure. He combines his role in GO-OP with being Chief Executive of Lightweight Community Transport.
Eco Developments and Models
Partner, Principle Six - adviser and trainer specialising in community and employee co-operative startups and business growth strategy
Co-operative Enterprise Hub - approved consultant
Client Services Director, Calverts - marketing and communication design