Initiating Mutuals & Social Enterprises
03 Mar 2011
Mutual and Social Enterprise Broadcast Series 2011. Leadership Skills, Governance, Legal Properties. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1

This conference and TV programme was put together with the leading organisations working in the field and is the first in a series which gives delegates the opportunity to hear from sector leaders, academics and government who will explore best practice in leadership, finance, service models, governance and legal proprieties.

This was a ‘must attend’ event for councils considering commissioning or venturing into social enterprise either through mutuals, cooperatives, spin-outs or employee owned business models. The presentations contribute to an expert resource bank for use across public services.

Jonathan Bland, Managing Director, Social Business International
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

Neil Stanworth, Director of A4e Insight
How to be a successful social entrepreneur

Julie McEver, Transactions and Investment, Local Partnerships
The finance and feasibility of new service models

Angela Harrowing, Community Rights Team, Department for Communities and Local Government
Community Right to Challenge and Community Right to Buy consultations

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK
Effective leadership in social enterprise

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, Greenwich Leisure Limited
Exploring the barriers and opportunities of social enterprise

Peter Stocks, Chief Executive, Baxi Partnership
Practical steps in setting up employee-led mutuals: addressing the pitfalls in inception

Panel discussion: Is the use of local authority assets viable?
Neil Stewart, Chair, Policy Review TV; Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, Greenwich Leisure Limited

Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
Seminar 1: Accountancy practice in social enterprise
Edward Finch, Partner, Buzzacott

Seminar 2: Implementing the right model for your social enterprise and mutual
Graeme Nuttall and Neil Palmer, Partners, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Mike Burton, Editor, The MJ
Welcome from afternoon Chair

Carole Leslie, Policy Director, Employee Ownership Association
When Employees become Owners: ensuring the governance is right in multi stakeholder ownership models

Mervyn Wilson, Principal, The Co-operative College
Identifying the skills required to set up social enterprise and mutuals: ensuring a skilled workforce

Questions and discussions: Session 4