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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

Newsweek: Twenty-First Century Professionals

06th Mar 2015

In this week's column Teresa Grau, member of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI), speaks to our CEO Andy Friedman about the dangers...

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Newsweek: Twenty-First Century Professionals

27th Feb 2015

In this week's column, fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Phil Turner speaks to our CEO about the pressures of being a premier league orthopaedic...

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Airmic Joins PARN!

27th Feb 2015

Welcome to Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce (Airmic) who joined PARN this month! Airmic is the association for...

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RSC Breaks Guinness World Record

27th Feb 2015

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has broken the Guinness World Record for the 'Largest Practical Science Lesson'. The class took place in...

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CIOL Celebrates 10 Years of Royal Chartership

26th Feb 2015

This year, the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) celebrates 10 years of holding a Royal Charter. Established in 1910, the Institute of Linguists...

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Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine Joins PARN!

26th Feb 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine has become a member of PARN! The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) is a...

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