Who are we. A creative thought provoking support network for you.
MemNet was born in 2008 out of small email group which made an observation of the way that organisations function across the sector.  We came to the conclusion that much more needs to be done to support, maintain and expand the success of our sector organisations in challenging times.  There is a collective need for acquiring and retaining members and we have a wealth of skills available to do just that.  We have more than 27 years experience of network creation, organisational consultation and strategic advice.  In those 27 years, we worked with over 200 organisations and helped create robust and sustainable success models.  During this time, we have looked in every nook and cranny of the industry and explored the ways that work and don’t work.  We’re perfectly poised, then, to deal with every kind of organisational hiccup and have accumulated a vast network of practitioners expertise from which you can drawn information, support and advice.

Hi I’m James and I’m here to help you.

James has been the Chief Executive of MemNet since 2008 and is 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 2008 with help from the sector’s leading Training Consultant, Sue Froggatt.  MemNet began as an email list of 40 keen professionals which grew and grew to the thousands of members it has today.

For over 27 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 still believes in spending as much time as possible with real membership bodies and associations.  Until March 2018 he also served as the part time Executive Director (CEO) for the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) which complemented his role as CEX of MemNet.  James has created and developed a number of businesses in his career and is currently Owner of the Football Argument Ltd.  In his spare time James is a Board Trustee for The Lewis Jeynes Fund and a keen golfer.  If you would like to discuss your needs with James please ring 020 3012 0031 or email him directly at james@memnet.org.uk

Our Talented Team

At MemNet we have a small but highly focussed core team which is complemented by our Approved Associates.  We are proud of our team and we encourage you to get in touch with us to make use of their talents.  We currently have experts in several key areas:

  • Lorcan – MemNet Associate for Data Protection and Information Governance
  • Lucy – MemNet Associate for Strategy, Mentoring, Coaching and Operations
  • Richard – MemNet Associate for Data Protection and Information Governance
  • Rik – MemNet Associate for Social Media
  • Sonia – MemNet Associate for corporate partners and sponsorship support
  • Jason – MemNet Associate for IT systems and reviews
  • James – MemNet Associate for System Gap Analysis and Specification

All of our Associates have exemplary track records in their respective fields.

For deployment details and a discussion around your needs, please ring 020 3012 0031 or email james@memnet.org.uk

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