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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

Introducing Cliff Lineker, new Head of Services at PARN

16th Apr 2014

We are pleased to announce our newest member of staff, Cliff Lineker, joined PARN in early 2014 in the newly created role of Head of Services. Regarding...

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ABDO Raising the Profile of the Eye Care Sector

10th Apr 2014

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) joined forces with ITN Productions to create a dedicated news programme called EYE TV News that aims to...

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Exceptional Media Coverage for RICS on Housing Market Survey

10th Apr 2014

  As the subject of house prices dominated the media recently, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) release of their March...

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CISI Awards New £2,500 Hoare Nairne Scholarship

10th Apr 2014

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is delighted to announce that Philip Firmin Chartered MCSI of AJ Bell Securities has been awarded...

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CEO Toni Fazaeli Retiring from IfL

08th Apr 2014

After six years as chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), Toni Fazaeli has announced that she will retire from her role. Dr Jean Kelly, who...

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Jane Scott Paul OBE Retires from AAT

28th Mar 2014

  Jane Scott Paul OBE has announced her retirement from AAT after 27 years with the company, and 17 years as Chief Executive. She leaves the...

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