Hi I’m James. And I am happy to help.
James is the Chief Executive of MemNet and its Founder Member. More importantly James is just like you, a professional working within a sector for which there is no formal qualification or training. James saw a real need for networking, support and member driven research/events around membership and association management issues. In light of this, James launched MemNet in 2009 with help from the sector’s leading Training Consultant, Sue Froggatt.
For over 24 years James has been working within the membership, association, charity and NFP sectors as a senior manager. At SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) he had a number of senior roles over a 21 year period including developing the commercial arm SOLACE International, managing all of the organisations membership and event services and delivering contractual relationships with partner organisations. Whilst at SOLACE International he worked overseas in South Africa, France, Switzerland, UAE, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad for organisations such as the World Bank, UNDP, USAID and the UK Department for International Development. From 1996 to 2013 he was also Head of Secretariat for the Association of Chief Executives of Public Bodies (ACE) which was delivered through Cabinet Office under the management of Sir Gus O’Donnell KCB, Cabinet Secretary and Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, then Director General of Ordnance Survey.
James has a passion for membership and to ensure he remains current, he is currently serving as a part time Executive Director for the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) which complements his role as CEX of MemNet. James has created and developed a number of businesses in his career and is currently Owner of Executive Office Ltd, Owner of the Football Argument Ltd and a Trustee of the Lewis Jeynes Fund. For his services to membership James was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. In his spare time James is a Lived Experience Advisor to the NHS England Personal Health Budgets Team and a Board Trustee for the Batten Disease Family Association. If you would like to discuss your needs with James please ring 020 3012 0031 or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The membership fee has given me access to a broader view of the sector through the experts that MemNet provides. I can safely say the £75 I pay to be a Member is saving my organisation ten times that in time saving !
MemNet provides me with an external verifier role, I can ring the office and check that what I am doing has been tried elsewhere and works ... invaluable support !
We took the brave step of having a Peer Review from MemNet and it enabled us to establish some realities we had not appreciated. Well worth the time spent analysing ourselves and has improved the organisation no-end.