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We are the organisation for the professional body sector

The Professional Associations Research Network is a non-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, consultancy, networking, events and training.

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  • "Relevant to all professional bodies."

    Rob Strange about our research on governance
    Chief Executive
    Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • "Interesting, relevant and practical."

    Kate Jackson about a PARN conference
    CPD Programme Manager
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • "Useful research which should
    influence strategy."

    Lynn Rawlinson about our CPD research
    Executive Secretary
    Association of University Administrators
  • "Essential networking opportunity."

    Margaret Harris about a PARN conference
    Policy and Information Officer
    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Upcoming Events

We run research based events for staff and volunteers of professional bodies in order to share our findings and good practice among the sector.

PARN holds a conference each Spring and Autumn at Woburn House in London.

Don't forget - all PARN Members are entitled to one free place at either a Conference OR on a Training Course during their membership year!

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Training Courses

All of our one-day Training Courses include presentations, workshops, group work and case studies.

Our courses help participants to better understand key areas of the sector, benchmark and learn from other professional bodies’ best practice and get an overview of the bigger picture of working for a professional body.



We regularly publish our latest research findings in order to promote good practice among professional bodies.

Our books aim to help professional bodies to learn from others in the sector by sharing useful advice, key trends, and case studies.

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Latest News

Sports Massage Association Joins PARN

15th Sep 2014

We are delighted to announce that the SMA joined PARN in September 2014. The Sports Massage Association (SMA) is a not-for-profit professional association...

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ITM Becomes a PARN Member

12th Sep 2014

Excited to announce that the ITM has joined PARN this month. The Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM) is the recognised body for business travel,...

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11th Sep 2014

It's been a busy month for membership and we're please to announce the BVA has joined PARN. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is the national...

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ICRS Becomes a PARN Member

04th Sep 2014

  We'd like to welcome our newest member ICRS to the network!  The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and...

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Sweet Refrain: The Concept of Forbearance

01st Sep 2014

  Our CEO Andy Friedman was featured in the September issue of the STEP Journal writing an article titled 'Sweet Refrain' on the concept of...

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September Savings: 15% Off Training in Autumn

01st Sep 2014

For the month of September, we are offering 15% off  all seven courses happening this autumn in October & November.  Summer...

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