Paul Gosling

Paul Gosling has just been added to mailing list. Paul specialises in co-operatives and social enterprise; public sector management and accountancy.  Paul is an authoritative and widely appreciated columnist with Co-operative News and was a co-operative development worker before becoming a journalist.  He is a regular contributor to The Independent and has written for the Financial Times, Times, Sunday Times, Irish Times, Independent on Sunday, Mail on Sunday and Express.  He writes for many leading business magazines. Read more here: http://www.paulgosling.net/biography/ 

In 2008 he wrote Celebrating the Co-operative Movement – with a foreword by Jonathon Porritt and endnote by Rianne ten Veen. Chapter 4 on Governance is particularly relevant to the Concerned Co-operators Network. 

The paper was launched at Westminster at a meeting in February 2009, hosted by the late Labour/Co-op MP David Taylor. It listed many achievements and argued that co-ops have played a particularly important role in the key sectors of the economy that are currently in crisis. Politicians were asked to consider how co-ops can be supported to play an even greater role in the future of the finance, food and energy sectors. Positive contributions were made in the debate by the MPs who attended – the Labour/Co-op MPs David Taylor, David Drew and David Lepper (Andy Love, who missed the main discussion because of other business), Labour MP Ann Cryer and SDLP leader Mark Durkan. 

Mark had just chaired a committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly which considered the role of credit unions – a form of financial co-operative – and recommended strengthening them in Northern Ireland, by giving them the right to distribute more financial products, backed by greater legal safeguards. A similar argument was put forward in the booklet.