Ann Apps

Ann Apps is a lecturer in the Law School at University of Newcastle Law School and is also the Law School’s External Engagement Coordinator. Ann has been a member of the Law School staff since 2010. She currently teaches Contracts, Corporate Power and Social Responsibility and Co-operative Law and Governance. She has previously practised as a solicitor in regional New South Wales and has experience in property, commercial law and civil litigation.

Ann is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Newcastle and she is researching the impact of regulation on co-operatives in Australia. Her research interests include co-operative law and governance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and legal models for social enterprise.

WORKSHOP: Cooperatives: what they are, why they are powerful and how to set one up

Dr Jarra Hicks, Ann Apps, and Dr. Sidsel Grimstad

Have you heard about cooperatives but don’t really know what the fuss is about? This workshop will take you through what a cooperative is, why they are different and what makes them a powerful option for organising our economy. It will give you some inspiring examples of cooperatives helping communities achieve great things. It will also take you through the first steps of forming a cooperative and provide you with tips and resources.

This workshop is hosted by three people who live and breathe cooperatives. Jarra Hicks is from the Community Power Agency, a not-for-profit worker’s cooperative that supports communities to establish renewable energy projects. Ann Apps is a lecturer in the Newcastle Law School and is completing her PhD thesis by publication – titled ‘Why can’t we co-operate? The impact of law on the development and growth of co-operative enterprise in Australia. Dr. Sidsel Grimstad is a lecturer on co-operatives in the Newcastle Business School. She is currently involved in research on housing co-operatives in Australia, and on how co-operatives and commons may provide better frameworks for eco-innovation.