EOA Jobs and Recruitment

The UK’s employee-owned economy is growing at pace as an increasing number of business owners consider and then convert to employee ownership

Over 500 of this growing community of businesses are members of the EOA, where they are supported through their transition to employee ownership and beyond, via a community e-platform, learning content and courses, networking, peer introductions, expert advice introductions, celebrations and awards and a programme of digital and live events.

With a vision “To be recognised by all stakeholders as the go-to place for good employee ownership”, and a new strategy which outlines an ambition and steps needed to “unlock the potential of people, business and the economy through employee ownership”, we are growing the EOA.

As part of this growth, we are recruiting to a number of posts and welcomes applications from those with an interest in contributing to our values based organisation that is purposeful, insightful, enthusiastic and collaborative.

Now recruiting:

As the EOA embarks on its ambitious growth and transformation strategy, we are looking to recruit three new EOA Board members and some new EOA Membership Council members from employee owned EOA member businesses.  

Note: EOA members cannot have a representative both on the board and on the EOA Membership Council. 


EOA Board Recruitment 

The EOA board, which meets four times a year, supports the Chief Executive in agreeing the direction and strategy of the association, acting as a sounding board for new ideas and monitoring the progress of the strategy. Board Directors serve a minimum three-year term and are also expected to take a leadership role in promoting awareness of the sector.  

The Chair is Chris McDermott MD of 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and EOA President is Patrick Lewis, formerly of the John Lewis Partnership. 

What we are looking for: 

  • Two EOA Trustee Member representatives 
  • One EOA Partner Member representative

To support a representative mix of employee owned businesses on the Board, applications are welcomed from, but not limited, to the following size/sectors: 

  • Health and care 
  • Professional services, in particular architecture, or communications, information, and technology.  
  • Large to midsize businesses, plus SME businesses with 50+ employees.

We are interested in receiving applications from individuals who can demonstrate skills in IT/Technology/Digital, Social Media/Marketing or Business owner/founders that have transitioned to EO in the past few years. 

Additionally, we recognise the value of having a board with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives and would particularly welcome applications from individuals belonging to groups that are typically under-represented at board level. 

In addition to recruiting members to the board, the chair and directors are considering reaching out to add an external representative, who could offer specific insight and expertise to support the board. 

How to apply for the board – deadline by 9am on 24/01/22 

Applicants should submit their summary details via a short form and provide a covering letter and CV that details their current role and explains what specific contribution candidates feel they will be able to make to the EOA Board. These should be sent to Laura.Withers@employeeownership.co.uk

Applicants will also need to provide a letter from their organisation, supporting the application to be an EOA board member.

The EOA will contact shortlisted candidates on January 26 to arrange an interview for either February 1st or 2nd, so we urge applicants to keep those days as free as possible.

Those interested can attend the EOA Board meeting as an observer on January 18 virtually or in person, and/or have a call with EOA Chief Executive Deb Oxley. To arrange this please contact laura.withers@employeeownership.co.uk

EOA Membership Council

The EOA Membership Council is recruiting new members to help support the continuous development and delivery of the EOA membership proposition.  

EOA Membership Council members serve a term of three years. To date the Council has been involved in supporting a variety of EOA projects including the EOA Annual Conference, EO Hub, Trustee Search service, networking events, and the member survey. 

Those who are successful will have the opportunity to help shape services and member experience during a time of great growth and change at the EOA. We are looking for people who can bring ideas, represent the views of members and represent the EOA at events or on working groups.  See the Council webpage for more details.  

We welcome applications from a broad range of skills, ages, and levels of experience, as well as insights that come from a broader diversity in background.  

What we are looking for: 

  • One trustee member representative 
  • Two partner member representatives (ideally who have transitioned in the past two years but not limited to this) 
  • Two affiliate member representatives
  • One EOA Supporter Member representative

How to apply for the EOA Membership Council – deadline by February 18 

  • You will need to complete a short form with your details, fill out a statement of interest form that covers three questions and provide a letter of support from your organisation. To access these please contact laura.withers@employeeownership.co.uk 
  • Those who are interested in a role can also reach out to EOA membership Council members to hear their thoughts on being part of the council – their email addresses are available here.