Robert Oakeshott lecture 2017

The 2017 Robert Oakeshott Lecture was given by Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP, which explored the ‘potential to do well while doing good’ in business.

Sacha, who is leading the work of the Vibrant Economy Commission, which includes a focus on trust and integrity in business, follows in the foot steps of four previous speakers; leading influencer Will Hutton, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership Sir Charlie Mayfield, and MPs Nick Clegg and Francis Maude.

The event was kindly hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, on April 6.

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Legacy of our founder

The EOA’s annual lecture commemorates and celebrates of the life, legacy and work of our founder and pioneer of employee ownership Robert Oakeshott.

Each year in his memory the EOA works with Robert’s family members and invites an industry leader to deliver a lecture that is topical.

Robert, a journalist, founded Job Ownership Ltd (JOL) in 1979 with the support of companies such as the John Lewis Partnership and international polymers manufacturer Scott Bader. Robert’s book ‘Jobs and Fairness’ is acknowledged as the definitive study on employee ownership in the UK and overseas.