Alex Bird

Alex Bird

Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales

After 11 years working in the nuclear and conventional power industry, Alex co‑founded a printing co-operative, Fingerprints, where he worked for 20 years before becoming the Community Enterprise Officer for Cardiff Council, and then CEO of a care charity, Innovate Trust.

He is a freelance co-operative researcher, policy adviser, consultant and business adviser, and member of the consultancy.coop He is also a founder and current Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales, chair of the Development Co-op and Cardiff YMCA Housing Association, and sits on the Members Panel of Dwr Cymru, the Welsh Water mutual.

He co-authored the Not Alone and Working Together reports into the needs of freelancers as well as Organising Precarious Workers: Trade Union and Co-operative Strategies for the TUC.

Solving the crisis of the gig economy

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Lieza Dessein, Strategic project manager at SMart Coop and Alex Bird, Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales, together with Danny Spitzberg, Technology Strategist at CoLab discuss the problems of today’s “gig economy”; highlighting the work of freelancers co-ops like SMart and the findings of the report ‘Working Together: Trade Union and Co-operative Innovations for Precarious […]

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WORKSHOP: Co-op creation made simple

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Siôn Whellens, Co-Founder of the Worker Co-op Solidarity Fund, Dave Boyle, Founder of The Community Shares Company, and Alex Bird, Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales, leading a practical session on How to start a co-op, covering legal entities, model rules and governing documents. A hands-on session looking at the various legal models co-ops can take […]

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