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Royal Society of Biology Charles Darwin House 12 Roger Street London WC1N 2JU

This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in working for a professional body and for new staff or those who have changed roles within a professional body to learn about what makes working for a professional body different from working for private, public or other third sector organisations.

Which themes will I explore?

  • The composition of the sector
  • Inside the professional body
  • The future and sustainability of professional bodies

How will I deepen my understanding?

  • Understand the professional body sector
  • Learn about the role of income and reserves
  • Understand the importance of members and member relations
  • Interpret the role of your other key stakeholders
  • Grasp the importance of reputation and the benefits it brings
  • Explore working relations with members, member networks and volunteers
  • Understand the internal workings of professional bodies and how they have developed in terms of organisations, roles and governance

About the trainer:

Robert Pitts is head of services at the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN). Robert started working in the third sector back in 1988 - as an Area Appeals Manager with NSPCC. After nearly five years he was approached to head up and develop a new 'outward bound' charity, which supported children and young people living in inner cities. Robert then moved on to work with the National Trust. Since that time he's held a variety of director and CEO positions with organisations as diverse as Bristol Cancer Help Centre, Relate, Butterfly Conservation and SPAN. Robert coordinates and develops all operational activity at PARN, including membership, events, communications and finance. He also brings his extensive experience of business and membership development to the team, as well as his knowledge of marketing and fundraising.

How this course will support your Continuing Professional Development

All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points. CPD is an important area of most career paths. It offers a mechanism by which you can document the work you do above and beyond your job role, aiding upwards progression. At the Society we promote the importance of CPD to all our members and provide a simple system for maintaining your progress throughout the year.

Lunch and refreshments are included.


Society members - £220 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisation, Staff of HUBS or SCAS members - £280 + VAT
Non-members - £350 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.

If you are booking on behalf of a colleague please add your contact details in the special requirements box.


For further information about the course please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.

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