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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


29th Jan 2015

We are pleased to announce that the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) has become a member of PARN! BACP seeks to advise and...

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CIH Appoints New Chief Executive

28th Jan 2015

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has appointed Terrie Alafat to become CEO following the departure of Grainia Long next month. Terrie is currently...

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IEHF Achieves Chartered Status

26th Jan 2015

PARN member, the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (IEHF), has welcomed the new year in with Chartered status. In recognition of this new status,...

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Newsweek: Twenty-First Century Professionals

23rd Jan 2015

Psychotheraphy 2.0 In this week's column, psychotherapist and member of the UK Council for Psychotheraphy, Aaron Balick, speaks to PARN's CEO about...

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BII Begins Judging Process for Industry Awards

23rd Jan 2015

The British Institute of Innkeeping has started its search for the hospitality sector’s top personalities with the launch of five industry awards. ...

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British Psychological Society Joins PARN!

20th Jan 2015

PARN is delighted to welcome the British Psychological Society (BPS) to its network of PARN members! The British Psychological Society promotes excellence...

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