EOA Appoints New Chief Executive

In March 2015 Iain Hasdell, our widely respected and influential Chief Executive, informed us that he will be stepping down this October at the end of the EOA’s current financial year to pursue his wider business career.

Throughout his three and a half years leading the EOA Iain has played a pivotal role in the unprecedented growth of employee ownership in the UK there has been during this time.

Since Iain’s resignation the EOA Board and Council have been exploring options for replacing him.

We are delighted to announce the outcome of that recruitment process is the appointment of Deb Oxley as our new Chief Executive from October 2015.

Deb is currently our Director of Membership.

Iain Hasdell Chief Executive of the EOA said:

“It has been a privilege over the last three and a half years to take both the EOA and employee ownership in the UK substantially forward.

We now have brilliant momentum with the sector growing quickly. If the EOA continues to lead the same pace of progress over the next few years that it has since 2012 we will meet our goal of employee ownership contributing 10% of UK GDP by 2020.

I will remain a passionate advocate of employee ownership and I have every confidence Deb Oxley will be a great success in her new role.”

Simon Fowler, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Association added:

“It will be sad to see Iain leave the EOA. His time with us has been a period in which the EOA has been very effective, influential and impactful. Iain departs with our best wishes and our warm gratitude for all that he has done for employee ownership.

However we have made an excellent appointment in Deb Oxley and I wholeheartedly congratulate Deb on her new role. I am very much looking forward to working with Deb over the next few years.”

Deb Oxley, Director of Membership at the Employee Ownership said:

“I am delighted and hugely excited to be taking on this new role from October. I am looking forward to keeping up the momentum that employee ownership now has across the UK and to taking the business case for employee ownership into even more new audiences. The Employee Ownership Association is a fantastic organisation and becoming its Chief Executive this autumn is going to be a real honour.”