Day Three – 18.11.2021

Employee Council; do I need one?

15:30 – 16:10

Ensuring employee representation is a vital part of setting up an employee owned business. Join Dave Seaward, founder and engineering director and Jake Canner, Project Engineer and employee representative at 3P Innovation and Andrew Wilson, Director at THSP to hear two different approaches.

You will learn:

  • How to start one, how to operate effectively, its role.
  • What are the alternatives to ensuring employee representation.


About the speakers

Jake Canner, employee representative at 3P Innovation

Jake Canner is a mechanical engineer who works with the food & pharmaceutical industries to design custom automation solutions for developing or commercialising novel processes and products. He has also recently been elected on to 3P innovation’s newly formed employee council, after their transition to an EO business.

Jake has been instrumental in developing and rolling out 3P innovation’s Flexible Working Scheme, and is now working on a Career Progression Framework for employees in the business.

Jake holds a MEng Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick.


Dr Dave Seaward, Founder and Engineering Director at 3p Innovation

A chartered engineer and 3P innovation founding director, Dave’s first degree is in electrical and mechanical engineering with a control theory PhD (applying servo motors to automation). Dave’s 35-year career focused on developing custom automation for numerous industries, including the pharmaceutical and MedTech sectors.

Dave is named inventor on over 20 patents including Unilever’s pyramid teabag patent, which is included in the UK Patent Office book “Inventing the 20th Century”. Many of Dave’s projects have included powder or liquid dispensing, and recently he worked on numerous dry powder inhalers, drug eluting and injectable drug delivery projects.