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EOA Better Together – Employee ownership and the role of the Trustee: How to guide your business in challenging times

April 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


April 23, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Employee owned businesses excel in the art of good leadership. It is in their DNA to empower and embolden employees. It has never been so crucial for businesses to give everyone a voice and ensure their resilience in these challenging times.

In this webinar you will hear from Angela Brown how Childbase Partnership, winner of Sunday Times Best Big Company to work for, has been engaging and communicating with colleagues.

Campbell McDonald will share his experiences as an Independent Chair of Trustees at Broadway Malyan, an architecture, urbanism and design firm. He will cover: the Board’s instincts during a crisis, when do values become nice-to-have and will pose the question what did you do during Covid-19?

Robert Postlethwaite will share a mix of practical experience which derives both from him being a legal adviser on establishing and operating EOTs and also being a Trustee of two, each of which have needed to obtain clarity on their duties in the current situation and then review proposals to reduce business costs which will affect employees, always bearing in mind their core duty to act in the best interests of employees as beneficiaries of the EOT.

Robert has recently written COVID-19: A heads up for Trustees which details particular actions Trustees of an employee trust, as owners of their company on behalf of its employees should be taking.

Join the EOA and expert guest speakers from employee owned business to hear more about the innovative ideas they have implemented to empower all employees through inclusivity.

Guest Speakers

Robert Postlethwaite – Managing Director, Postlethwaite
Robert is the Managing Director of Postlethwaite, a law firm which specialises in employee ownership.  Postlethwaite helps companies to become employee-owned by working with them to design their new ownership arrangements and then look after legal implementation and tax advice.  Companies new to employee ownership often then find it useful to access ongoing guidance and members of the Postlethwaite are available to help.  Robert and his colleagues are also trustees of several employee ownership trusts.

Angela Brown – Chair of the Partnership Council, Childbase Partnership
Angela is Chair of the Partnership Council at Childbase Partnership. The Council has 44 elected members representing each of the 43 Childbase Partnership day nurseries in the South of England, and Head Office. Angela has worked within the company for 8 years prior to her appointment to the role and having worked in various roles within the business. Angela strikes to ensure that all colleagues are equally engaged not only with the company but also in their role as co-owners.

Campbell McDonald – Independent Chair of Trustees, Broadway Malyan
Campbell has worked in the EO sector for 12 years, initially as an advisor to John Lewis Partnership and subsequently as the MD of EO specialists Baxendale, where he supported dozens of public and private sector teams. Since 2018, Campbell has worked as an independent, partnering with firms such as The Eternal Business, advising on transitions and culture change. In addition to his Broadway Malyan role, Campbell is currently a Trustee for the sector’s new research think tank Ownership at Work.