Schedule and speakers

9.15Registration and refreshments
Meet your fellow members
9.30Building societies for beginners
Optional session giving an introduction to the building society model and the workings of an AGM
10.15Annual General Meeting including Ask the Directors
12.15Lunch (vegetarian, complimentary)
13.15How can we move community-led housing into the mainstream'?
Ecology provides lending for community-led housing. Hear about plans to scale-up the community-led housing sector and move it into the mainstream to respond to the housing crisis.
Anna Kear – Executive Director, UK Cohousing Network
13.45Radical interventions to make Bristol an earth friendly city
Discover how other democratic finance initiatives such as the Bristol Pound and community food centres are radical interventions to make Bristol an earth friendly city.
Chris Sunderland - Executive Director, Real Economy (Bristol) Limited and a founder and former Chair of the Bristol Pound CIC
14.30Refreshment break
15.00Sustainable lending in practice
Hear from an Ecology borrower who is building a greener future at home, at work and in his community.
Andy Simmonds - retrofit borrower and CEO, Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)
15.45Your Society
What are Ecology’s plans for the next ten years? How can Ecology grow in a sustainable, mission-driven way? Chance to meet and grill your Directors
16.15Closing comments
Paul Ellis - Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society