Back

Meet our team / David Alcock

David Alcock

Partner

Partner in the governance, funding and corporate team

My role

I lead our work for social businesses, including for co-operatives, community organisations (including leading umbrella body locality) and social enterprises. I also specialise in community asset transfer and community-led housing, and social business involvement in delivering public services. I deliver high-level governance support to a range of organisations, including dealing with board disputes and constitutional issues.

My experience

My work began with governance for community regeneration projects, and has developed into supporting all kinds of organisations using enterprise to achieve a social purpose. I write constitutions and advise on corporate design, as well as advising on contracts, grant funding and social investment. I have lots of experience in establishing community ownership and promoting the co-operative principles through legal structures.

I was involved in reviewing the Code of Governance for community-led housing organisations 2021.

My specialisms

  • Governance for social businesses
  • Neighbourhood based regeneration
  • Delivery of public services through social enterprise
  • Co-operatives and mutuals
  • Community ownership and asset transfer

Blog


My latest articles

CCH Code of Governance for community led housing organisations 2021
CCH Code of Governance for community led housing organisations 2021

Partners, David Alcock and Sarah Patrice, have been involved in reviewing the new Code of Governance for community-led housing, published on 21 May 2021 by the Confederation for Coop Housing.

Employee ownership trusts: has their time come?
Employee ownership trusts: has their time come?

EOTs have been aggressively marketed as a tax-free share sale, but that should not deter practitioners from raising EOTs.

Risk to reputation pressuring nine in ten UK businesses to become more ethical
Risk to reputation pressuring nine in ten UK businesses to become more ethical

Nine in ten UK businesses are on the journey to becoming more ethical as a result of growing pressure to operate in a way that benefits society, according to a new poll released today.

Brexit & beyond – Looking forward to 2021
Brexit & beyond – Looking forward to 2021

A group of Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) experts from across our various client sectors have gazed into their crystal ball and given us a view on how 2021 is looking.

‘Pleasure doing business’ – responsible contractual behaviour during the Covid-19 emergency and the value of sustainable economy
‘Pleasure doing business’ – responsible contractual behaviour during the Covid-19 emergency and the value of sustainable economy

The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.

Transforming Business
Transforming Business

We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.

How to deal with misconduct in co-operative board members

Take Mr M, for example – Mr M was a tenant board member of his local housing association. Mr M, being a community-minded man, got involved in supporting the vulnerable […]

What’s to come for social businesses?

The mood from colleagues in the community sector was sombre. Afzal Hussain, Chief Officer of Witton Lodge Community Association, reported that his organisation has seen footfall into their local centre rise […]

The Autumn Statement – Feeling the cold winds of Brexit…

All the civil servants’ time, effort and brains appear to have been sucked into Brexit issues, leaving an unimaginative response to some of the most significant challenges people are currently […]

Ownership and Leadership

Alun Burge and Lord Myners, both quoted in Co-operative News: “Once essential democratic processes have become ossified, have lost their point and are unfit for purpose… Democracy must be rooted […]