Murray Goulburn

"Chris Cooper has conducted several co-operative identity workshops for Murray Goulburn. These involved Board and senior management, members, and Field Services as well as an Australian industry workshop. The presentations stimulated attendees interest in the value of the co-operative model including in the market place. Chris's presentations have been a valuable contribution to our intent to remain a strong co-operative."

Ian MacAulay, Chair, Murray Goulburn

Capricorn Society

"Capricorn Society has prided itself on committing to the International Principles of Co-operation throughout its history.

Through contact with Chris Cooper as the Director of Learning and Development for the Co-operative College of the UK, Chris helped Capricorn to carefully structure a program of learning outcomes from the Board through to Staff levels over a period of time that supported our organisational strategic direction and co-operative values.

Focused around our re-affirming our Co-operative Identity, Chris ran separate custom workshops for the Board and Executive, Middle Management, Front Line Staff as well as “Train the Trainer” workshops over 3 years. It has provided our co-operative with an invaluable set of common, consistent learning outcomes and wider understanding and a framework around which we continually renew our co-operative vows.

Over 200 Capricorn people have now been through Chris’s workshops and the customised programs and sessions have been highly regarded by all who attended. Detailed assessment and feedback sheets have consistently demonstrated the high take home value of Chris’s style and substance as one of the world’s leading professional educators on the co-operative movement."

Trent Bartlett, CEO Capricorn

National Association of Co-operative Officials

"Chris has undertaken three major pieces of work for the trade union, the National Association of Co-operative Officials, over the last 12 months. This has required an in-depth understanding of our organisation, the co-operative movement and our vision for moving forward.

For each of the exercises, he has ensured that the individuals involved had a thorough understanding of the requirements and expectations which resulted in objectives being achieved and clear conclusions were arrived at to drive the business forward.

Chris has helped our organisation translate our vision, mission and values into practical actionable objectives. He has demonstrated a clear ability to develop and deliver effective programmes that have contributed to significant performance improvements and operational efficiencies alongside the development of positive teamwork and collaboration.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris to like minded organisations."

Neil Buist,  General Secretary, National Association of Co-operative Officials