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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

Professions Week 2014

24th Oct 2014

Did you know the 2014 Professions Week is happening from 10 to 16 November? PARN is proud to be a supporter of Professions Week and would encourage you to...

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Pathways to the Professions Conference | 12 November 2014

15th Oct 2014

Pathways to the Professions Conference is happening soon on 12 November 2014. To follow on from last year's successful and unique event, Total...

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The Debt Resolution Forum Joins PARN!

08th Oct 2014

PARN is delighted to announce that the Debt Resolution Forum has joined the network! The Debt Resolution Forum promotes professional standards for resolving...

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Association of Project Safety joins PARN!

08th Oct 2014

We are very happy to announce that the Associationof Project Safety has become a PARN member! With a Mission statement to "be the authoritative...

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ITM Appoints Director of Business Development

08th Oct 2014

The Institute of Travel and Meetings are welcoming new Director of Business Development Jo-Anne Lloyd.  About her appointment, Jo says: "I am...

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New Chief Executive for the IEHF

07th Oct 2014

  Stephen Barraclough takes the reins as the incoming Chief Executive of the IEHF The Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors are...

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