Members’ Meet-up Autumn 2017

Members' Meet-up - Autumn 2017

Join us to have your say at our Autumn 2017 regional Members' Meet-up on Monday 6 November 2017 at Holyoake House in Manchester. 

The day will provide an opportunity to meet some of the Ecology team, share your views on our work and have a direct input into Ecology's policies and practice. We're owned by our members and and put their interests first, so we want to hear what you think.

Register to attend online here. Non-members are also welcome to attend, subject to space.

Follow the progress of the day on Twitter using the hashtag #EcologyMembers.

Why attend?

We’re owned by our members and put their interests first – so we want to hear what you think.

Our AGM and Members’ Meet-up is your opportunity to:

  • Meet the Ecology team and share your views on our work
  • Have a direct input into Ecology’s policies and practices
  • Meet other Ecology savers and borrowers in a friendly environment
  • Hear from an exciting line-up of speakers on how we can address the housing crisis while tackling climate change as well as our plans to invest more in our digital capability.




You can register to attend our Autumn 2017 Members’ Meet-up here, which will take you to our dedicated Eventbrite registration page. Registration is open to all members and non-members who are interested in finding out more about Ecology Building Society. Please register by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017 (for catering purposes). We will contact you to confirm your place – if you have not heard from us by Thursday 2 November 2017 please contact us on 01535 650 770.

Schedule and speakers
09.15Registration and refreshments
Meet your fellow members
09.30Building 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
12.00Lunch (vegetarian, complimentary)
13.00Our Member Survey
Summary of the key findings from our recent survey.
13.15How can we ensure that Ecology is fit for a digital future?
Hear how we’re investing in our digital capability so we can develop new products and serve our members better
Steve Round - Chair, Ecology Building Society
Matt Wilson - IT Manager, Ecology Building Society
Craig Haslam - Head of Product Strategy, Mutual Vision
14.15Refreshment break
14.45Tackling climate change with modern, traditional and natural building methods
Panel discussion exploring how different materials and building approaches can help us address the housing crisis while tackling climate change
Rosemary Coyne – Ecology borrower, co-ordinator of SHAP (the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership) and part of the Energiesprong UK market development team
Mike Jacob - Director, Kiss House, a provider of off-site homes designed to Passivhaus standard
Barbara Jones – Director, Straw Works and Principal of the School of Natural Building. Designs pre-fabricated straw panel buildings and accessible self-build designs with straw bales
15.45Your Society
Opportunity for members to discuss the key findings from the Member Survey and feedback on our plans to invest in our digital capability.
16.15Closing comments
Paul Ellis - Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society


About Holyoake House and how to get there

Our Autumn 2017 regional Members’ Meet-up takes place at Holyoake House in Manchester.

Holyoake House

Holyoake House was completed in 1911 and built to host the Co-operative Union (now Co-operatives UK), which existed to support the interests of consumer co-operatives in the UK. It was named after George Holyoake, a co-operative activist. Now one of several adjacent listed buildings which recognise the unique co-operative heritage of the area, Holyoake House is home to Co-operatives UK, the Co-operative College, the Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL), The Co-operative News and the Manchester office of The Phone Co-op.

How to get to Holyoake House

Holyoake House is located on Hanover Street in central Manchester, off Corporation Street and very close to Victoria Station and close to the head offices of The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Group as well as the C.I.S. Tower. Once you are on Hanover Street, Holyoake House can’t be missed as there are banners displaying Co-operatives UK’s logo outside the main entrance.

By train

  • Manchester Victoria station is three minutes walk away. Manchester Piccadilly station is 15 minutes walk away or you can take a Metrolink tram to the Shudehill tram stop.

By tram/bus

  • Shudehill Metrolink tram stop is adjacent to Hanover Street. There are also nearby tram stops at Victoria (within the station) and Exchange Square. A number of local buses also stop at Shudehill bus station.

By car

  • Car parking is available nearby at Manchester Victoria station and the Manchester Arena, Printworks and Arndale NCP car parks.


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