Global Leader Dialogues Webinars

1 March 2014

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The BCCM’s Global Leader Dialogues Webinars (online seminar), in association with LBMX, are a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of some of the most influential leaders in the international co-operative sector.

LBMXIn 2014, the BCCM organised such webinars with the following international leaders:

  • December – Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK
  • July – Shaun Tarbuck, Chief Executive, ICMIF
  • May – Charles Gould, Director General, ICA
  • March – Peter Hunt, CEO, Mutuo

December – How are local communities coming together to fund and deliver their own energy needs?

The most successful model of community owned energy in the world is the co-operative model. Interest in this model has grown in Australia since the success of Hepburn Wind. In the UK, co-operatively owned renewable energy is one of the fastest growing parts of the co-operative sector because it combines democratic governance and community based finance. Ed Mayo has been at the forefront of a new era in energy co-operatives, lobbying for supportive legislation and effective ways for communities to raise their start-up capital in which he discusses in this webinar.

About the Speaker
Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises. He is a long-term co-operator and has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice.

July – Marketing Mutuality

View Shaun Tarbuck’s presentation.

Mutual Insurers are the fast growing part of the global insurance sector. Why?

Shaun Tarbuck, CEO of the global peak body for co-operative and mutual insurers, ICMIF, explained why we are seeing this phenomenal growth and the top ten things that make a winning insurer. He also discussed among other things, the key challenges facing CEOs in the current market including regulation, or as he describes it, the “Tsunami of Regulation”.

About the speaker
Shaun Tarbuck was appointed Chief Executive of ICMIF in 2005, 10 years after joining the organisation. He is a regular conference speaker on strategic issues affecting the mutual and co-operative insurance sector and the value that mutuals and co-operatives bring to the insurance market. Shaun is currently President of Allnations Inc, a US-based capital support vehicle for ICMIF’s developing members. He is also a Board member of Regis Mutual, an organisation that sets up new mutual insurers in the UK and Australia.

May – International Co-operative Alliance – Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade

View Charles Gould’s presentation.

With a billion members globally, three times the number of stockmarket investors, co-operatives are arguably the most successful form of enterprise on the planet.

In this edition, Chuck discussed the ICA’s Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, the internationally agreed plan to make co-operatives the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020. This was followed by a Q&A session on how to take co-operative business to the next level.

About the speaker
Charles Gould has served as Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the ICA since September 2010. The ICA is the global association promoting the co-operative enterprise model and its members are spread over 100 countries representing 750 million individual co-operators.

Prior to his appointment, Charles served as CEO of Volunteers of America, a health care, housing and human services organisation with an annual budget of U$1 billion. In each of the last five years of his administration, Charles was recognised as one of the fifty most influential leaders in the United States non-profit sector. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.

March – The Privatisation of Royal Mail – Lessons for Australia Post?

View Peter Hunt’s presentation.

Proposals to privatise large government owned entities, not unreasonably, can put fear into the heart of the community. How to protect the public interest and employees? How to safeguard public assets? How to maintain and improve service delivery?

The sale of Royal Mail in the UK is a recent case study that sheds light on the pitfalls and the opportunities of government sell-offs. In this webinar, leading mutualism expert Peter Hunt, provides a reality check for any future sale of Australia Post, through the lens of the UK experience.

About the speaker
Peter Hunt founded Mutuo in 2001 as the first cross mutual sector body to promote mutual business to opinion formers and decision makers. Peter has twenty years’ experience in the mutual sector, working with co-operatives, mutuals and employee owned businesses. He has also led the Parliamentary teams which piloted four private members bills through the UK Parliament, working with all parties to update co-operative & mutual law and encouraging employee ownership. In 2013, Peter was appointed by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls to lead a policy review for UK Labour on increasing the role of mutuals in the financial sector and wider economy.

Webinar FAQ

  1. Our webinars are all scheduled according to AESD Savings Time
  2. Reminders will be sent one week, one and an hour prior to the webinar commencing
  3. All systems requirement information will be sent in a reminder email
  4. All those registered for a webinar will receive a copy of the audio and video of the webinar


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1 March 2014




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