Annual Conference and Cooperative Showcase 2018

Date / 4th October 2018

Location / Croydon Clock Tower, Croydon

Annual Conference bookings now open

The 2018 Annual Conference and Co-operative Showcase will be hosted by Croydon Council and incorporates the CCIN AGM and elections.

The main Conference will be held at Croydon Clock Tower on Thursday 4th October with a Welcome Drinks reception kindly hosted by Connected Space to be held at 6pm for 6.30pm on Wednesday, 3rd October at Sunley House, 4, Bedford Park, Croydon CR0 2AP

Highlights of the conference programme include:

Keynote from Steve Reed OBE, MP – Honorary President of the CCIN and Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

Panel 1: Creating a co-operative commonwealth

  • Chair – Cllr Lib Peck – Leader, Lambeth Council
  • Simon Parkinson – Chief Executive, Co-operative College
  • Cllr Habib Rahman – Cabinet Member for Communities, Newcastle City Council
  • Cllr Steve Eling – Leader, Sandwell Council
  • Cllr Simon Hall – Cabinet Member for Finance & Treasury, Croydon Council

Panel 2: Community Wealth Building in a post-Brexit Britain

  • Chair – Cllr Matthew Brown – Leader, Preston City Council
  • Cllr Peter Bradbury – Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cardiff Council
  • Cllr Danny Thorpe – Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Cllr Chris Penberthy – Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development, Plymouth City Council
  • Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed – Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs, Croydon Council

Panel 3: Sustainable Societies through Co-operation

  • Chair – tbc
  • Cllr Sean Fielding – Leader, Oldham Council
  • Cllr Iain Malcolm – Leader, South Tyneside Council
  • Cllr Kevin Wilson – Chair Larger Councils Network, NALC & Woughton Community Council
  • John Atherton – Head of Membership, Co-operatives UK


  1. Modern Slavery – Great Hall (organised by the James Butler – Co-operative Party
  2. Sustainable Food Places – David Lean Cinema (organised by Tom Andrews – Sustainable Food Cities)
  3. Role of Scrutiny in Co-operative Councils – Room G4

CCIN AGM Draft Conference Programme 2018 – 2.5