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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

PARN Secures Newsweek Column

11th Nov 2014

PARN is delighted to announce a new weekly column, 'Twenty-First Century Professionals', appearing from December in Newsweek! And it’s...

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Winter Savings: 3-for-2 on all Training Courses!

06th Nov 2014

For a limited time, enjoy 3-for-2 across ALL our courses  The end of the year is nearing and with it those New Year resolutions. What better time than...

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Nelson Croom on the Significance of CPD Courses and Qualifications

06th Nov 2014

  Alan Nelson of Nelson Croom, providers of e-learning support for professionals and one of our PARN sponsors, shares his thoughts on the importance of...

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IFoA to Launch Results of UK Corporate Governance Code and Risk Management Research

05th Nov 2014

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is conducting a survey of UK-listed companies to understand the impact of the updated UK Corporate Governance...

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Junior Lawyers to Promote Magna Carta

05th Nov 2014

The legal profession is being encouraged to use the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta to educate young people UK-wide about the Charter's...

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New Director-General Appointed at BIS

05th Nov 2014

Gareth Davies joins the BIS Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as Director-General for Knowledge and Innovation. Taking on top civil servant...

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