EOA Trustee Members

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The EOA’s Trustee members are leaders in the employee ownership sector some of which are co-founders of the EOA. Our Trustee members make unique contributions to the EOA’s work of helping to grow the Employee Owned sector through advocacy, profile and financial support.

AG Parfett & Sons Ltd

Parfetts was founded by Alan Parfett and son Steve in 1980 as a food and drink cash & carry wholesaler in 1980. The family grew the business, with the help of loyal and committed staff to comprise six cash & carry depots turning over £300m by 2006.

Alan retired in 1989 and Steve wanted to take a step back, so numerous options for the future of the business were considered. Crucially Steve had previously worked for 2 years at Waitrose (part of the John Lewis Partnership) and this, together with encouragement from the EOA and Field Fisher Waterhouse, led to the start of a transition to employee ownership in 2008. The business became fully employee owned in October 2013 to ensure that the staff who had helped achieve success were given the best opportunity to continue to do so.

Steve is now semi-retired working 2 days per week on both Parfetts business and as an EOA Board member.




Arup Group Limited

Arup is one of the largest and longest standing employee owned business in the UK. The global design, engineering and advisory business specialises in larger, innovative projects in the built environment and has 15,000 members working in over 30 countries with about 4,500 based in the UK.

The firm was founded in London in 1946 as a traditional professional services partnership but became 100% owned in trust in 1977 when the partners of the day gifted their personal stakes in the business to all staff through an Employee Benefit Trust.

Arup’s shared ownership means their people care about their business and are much more engaged in our collective enterprise that sees our overall mission as our priority: “To shape a better world” and regards profits as important only as ‘the enabler’ of what they seek to achieve together.

Arup supports the EOA as the most effective means of sharing the key advantages of shared ownership throughout the UK.





Baxendale has been employee owned since 1983 and has a long and impressive track record in providing specialist support to all kinds of organisations transitioning to employee owned business models.

As a management consultancy with significant experience in the public and private sectors, Baxendale supports the success of strong, sustainable and growing organisations that want to increase their positive impact whilst being able to adapt and thrive in the face of complex challenges. To date, Baxendale has helped around 100 teams or organisations to become employee owned.

As a founding member of the EOA, we value the powerful and unified voice it provides for the sector. It’s an invaluable resource for businesses thinking about becoming employee owned as well as those wanting to make the most of employee ownership.

Working with the EOA is invaluable for businesses thinking about becoming employee owned as well as those wanting to make the most of employee ownership.

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BMT Group Ltd

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy, environment, marine risk and insurance and ports and logistics sectors.

Formed in 1985 from the merger of the UK’s British Ship Research Association and National Maritime Institute, BMT is at work on projects in 35 countries – from one of the world’s biggest coal ports in Australia to ice breakers in the Caspian Sea. BMT is a world leader in submarine design and development and has also designed the Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier. Some of the world’s most iconic structures, such as the Burj Al Arab and Beijing Olympic Stadium, have had their airflows modelled in BMT’s wind tunnels and its Research Directorate has fed into hundreds of EU research projects.

BMT became an employee owned business in 1998, when its then members voted to establish an employee benefit trust in which the assets of the company were held in beneficial ownership for the staff. Exclusive voting control resides in the Trust.

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City Health Care Partnership CIC

City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP) provides health and care services to people in Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, St Helens, Wigan and Knowsley and was one of the first ‘mutual’ organisations to spin out of the NHS in 2010.

Being a co-owned business has always been at the core of CHCP; all permanent colleagues have the opportunity to buy a £1 share in the business, which gives them a voice and a stake in its success.

The EOA has supported and encouraged us and it’s also been invaluable in helping us to forge links with other employee owned businesses, allowing us to inspire and motivate each other. We believe that employee ownership is the future for businesses across the spectrum and the work of the EOA is the cornerstone on which they can build.



Childbase Partnership

Childbase Partnership is one of the country’s top providers of early years care and education with over 1,600 employee owners operating in 41 day nurseries in the South of England. Empowered and encouraged in a continuous drive to deliver excellence and innovation as standard, Childbase partners are invested in providing 6,000 children with the best start in life through an exceptional nursery experience.

As a result, Childbase is one of only 160 UK companies rated ‘Extraordinary’ in 2017; a Sunday Times ‘top workplace’ for over a decade, and is ranked third for quality amongst the 20 largest providers, with most of its settings rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ which is achieved by only 18% nationwide. Employee Owned Business of the Year and a UK ‘National Champion’ in the European Business Awards, Childbase is also a major contributor in prestigious research and development projects designed to advance understanding and best practice in the sector, Europe-wide.

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CSH Surrey

In 2006 CSH Surrey became the first employee-owned business to provide health services within the NHS. Its 500 plus nurses, therapists and support staff chose to leave the NHS trust and establish CSH Surrey, believing that employee ownership would be better for them, and better for patient care.

Today this not-for-profit social enterprise employs more than 1800 people who deliver over 60 different NHS community health services across Surrey. Although employed on NHS terms, its employees’ levels of motivation and engagement outstrip those of their NHS counterparts which they believe impacts directly on the quality of patient care. CSH Surrey was rated as ‘Outstanding’ for being Caring in our recent CQC inspection (June 2017).

In 2010 CHS Surrey was named as one of 12 ‘mentors’ to support the first employee-owned public service ‘pathfinders’ and was invited to sit on the Mutuals Taskforce.

CSH’s founder Jo Pritchard now sits on the EOA Board. New CEO, Stephen Cass, who succeeded Jo in May 2017, believes in the power of the employee owned model and is developing the CSH strategy to build on its success.

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Gripple Limited

Since the mid-1990s, Hugh Facey, the founder and executive company chairman of Gripple Limited and Loadhog Limited, has been exploring ways to pass on his legacy to subsequent generations of employees.

In the summer of 2011, GLIDE (Growth Led Innovation Driven Employee Company Limited) was formed – an employee owned company that represents all the shareholder members who work in its partner companies.

All shareholders are members of GLIDE which is a private company limited by guarantee. In establishing GLIDE, we took into account how to instil our culture and inherent values into everyone that works in the company both now and in the future. GLIDE has been established to preserve and develop employee culture; to look after the interests of its members and to generate engagement by everyone in their company.

Gripple has been supporting the EOA since 2005, when its membership was 27 companies (now 330 businesses). Gripple has been delighted to showcase our group companies to people who are interested in becoming employee owned including showing people around our factories and discussing our employee ownership model.

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John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership operates two of the UK’s most successful and well-loved brands, John Lewis and Waitrose.

The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn and is the UK’s largest employee-owned business, where all 86,700 staff are Partners in the business. The Partnership has more than 400 shops across the UK, with significant online operations.

The Partnership’s ultimate purpose, written into its Constitution, is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. The Partnership aims to make a sufficient profit to sustain its commercial vitality.

As a co-owner, every Partner has a say in how the business is run through a democratic system that has stood the test of nearly a century of endeavour. Each Partner receives a share in the company’s profits, through an annual bonus.

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Make Limited

Make is a different kind of architecture practice. Founded as an employee-owned business by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004, today we have over 150 people in London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Our non-hierarchical structure allows for the free flow of ideas, and is reflected in our friendly, collaborative culture. Employee ownership has provided a robust, sustainable model of business for us, and acts as a strong factor in recruitment and retention. As such, we’re keen advocates of employee ownership and are proud to support the work of the EOA.

Every year we benefit from the Employee Ownership Association’s influence with Government when we receive our tax-free profit share. Without the EOA, this would not be possible.

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Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is a global engineering, management and development consultancy operating in over 150 countries focused on guiding our clients through many of the planet’s most intricate challenges.

Mott MacDonald relies heavily on ingenuity and innovation which is a direct product of the skills of our employees worldwide. Our employees are what makes us what we are and employee ownership plays a very large part in enabling us to manage our business to facilitate recruiting and retaining the very best.

We believe strongly in the benefits of employee ownership and through the EOA we are able to share our experiences and to learn from others as well as helping to provide a voice for our ownership model.

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Prospects Services

Prospects transforms lives and communities through our innovation and expertise in employment, skills, care and education.

For over 20 years we have combined business excellence and public service values to inspire more than half a million young people and adults across the UK every year to develop their potential.

Our 1,500 employees aren’t just our greatest asset – they own the company. Prospects people go the extra mile to deliver exceptional services and outcomes.

As one of the largest employee owned spin outs from the public sector Prospects values EOA’s role as a national voice for the growing employee ownership sector. We also value the way EOA ensures the sector shares knowledge, experience and expertise and promotes awareness of the business model to politicians, influencers and business owners.

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Saxton Bampfylde

Saxton Bampfylde is recognised as a trusted, values-driven leader in executive search and leadership advisory.

Our 30-year track record of finding successful leaders, at Board and senior executive level has been built on our pioneering approach to research-intensive executive search.

Today, we have powerful long-term partnerships with some of the world’s most dynamic organisations, across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors. As a partner of Panorama, we give our clients a truly global window onto talent across the world.

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Scott Bader Company Ltd

Scott Bader was founded in 1921 by Ernest Bader. In 1951 he gifted his company to the workers when the shares of the chemical manufacturing company were transferred to the Scott Bader Commonwealth Limited, a Registered Charity.

The shares were gifted in order to place Scott Bader Company Limited in common ownership where it would be directed and managed not only for the benefit of those working in the Company but also for the wider community and for future generations.

In 1976, Scott Bader received Certificate No1 when the industrial Common Ownership Act was passed. Scott Bader Commonwealth Limited is a membership organisation and everyone employed by the Company can apply to become a Commonwealth Member after 1 year. They then have the right to vote and be involved in the democratic self-governing structure of the organisation.

Scott Bader has been co-founder of the EOA. Since then, it supports the EOA which provides a dynamic platform to gather like-minded people to learn from each other and to promote this type of governance which we believe is more sustainable than any other form.

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Swann Morton

Swann Morton, world leading surgical blade manufacturer formed by Mr Swann and Mr Morton in 1932 has been an employee owned company since 1964 when 50% of the shares were left in trust for the employees.

Swann Morton joined EOA (then JOL) in 2003 to help support other companies wishing to become employee owned in some way.

Over these years Swann Morton has shared its model with many companies either via the EOA or directly, hopefully to mutual benefit. Through this relationship we have also benefited from being members by accessing legal expertise if the unique area of trust and employee ownership which has enabled us to make our structure more robust and created greater longevity for future generations.

Swann Morton is a proud member of the EOA which has grown and can now offer valuable connections and networking with likeminded companies and aid access to bespoke professional advice.

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Tullis Russell Group Ltd

The Tullis Russell Group is a progressive, employee-owned company, trusted by generations of clients and brand holders worldwide. It operates a sustainable, employee owned business, which at its heart has a deeply held belief that working in partnership with our customers is better – for us, and for you. We have two sites manufacturing specialist paper and filmic intermediates for the security and coating markets, one in the UK and one in South Korea, each of which has developed market leading expertise in its own field and is trusted by leading brands in over 120 countries.

Tullis Russell has a proud heritage going back to 1809 which means it has real expertise in its markets. With over 200 years of history behind us our sights are fixed on the next 200 years and beyond.

The business has been part of the employee ownership sector for over 25 years and believes the EOA is a great network for connecting businesses and promoting the EO ethos.

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Unity Trust Bank

A commercial bank with a social conscience. The spirit and culture of employee ownership is very much alive in Unity Trust Bank and demonstrated in our four core values – enabling, collaborative, inclusive and straightforward. Unity consistently seeks to partner and collaborate with firms who share our values and ethos.

Unity is the bank you can be proud to bank with. Unity helps organisations to prosper and contribute to economic, community and social change. Put simply, Unity is here to help create a better society. Customers’ deposits are used to fund lending that supports the communities the bank serves: its lending that creates and protects jobs, and supports the development of community facilities and care provision.