EOA Deputy Chief Executive appointment bolsters transformation and growth plan

The EOA has appointed Oliver Smith as Deputy Chief Executive of the EOA. 

The role created in the executive team is part of the EOA’s new structure to meet the evolving needs of the EOA and the sector through its transformation and growth plan. 

Moving from his role as Head of Membership and Business Support, Oliver, who has been with the Employee Ownership Association for more than 8 years, will play a pivotal part in shaping the future of our EOA community and how we serve our valued members. 

Oliver Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of the EOA, said:  

“I am delighted to become Deputy Chief Executive to help drive forward the evolution of the EOA to deliver a proposition that will support employee owners to power great EO in their business. 

“In my time at the EOA the team has grown 400% in pace with a growing membership of more than 700 businesses and conference of almost 800 attendees. 

“As the sector continues to see accelerated growth and impact, there is exciting opportunity for the EOA Team, supported by the EOA Board and EOA Membership Council, to have an even greater impact on unlocking the potential of employee ownership in the UK.” 

James de le Vingne, Chief Executive of the EOA, said:  

“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Oliver Smith as our new Deputy Chief Executive Officer who has displayed impressive leadership skills during his 8 years with the business. 

“Oliver’s extensive knowledge of member businesses and the sector, alongside his ability to drive innovation and collaboration will be instrumental in building our online community as well as continue to advocate for our members’ and wider EO sector’s interests.  

“I have complete confidence in his ability to make significant contributions to our success in his new role.”