The rise of employee ownership – a unique governance model

This event took place on Tuesday 6 December 2022

Employee ownership offers a unique opportunity for businesses to harness the talent and commitment of their staff, with employee-owned businesses tending to be more successful, competitive, profitable, and sustainable.

Both the number of employee-owned businesses in the UK– and the economic contribution that they make - is significant and growing.

The CGIUKI North West branch would like to invite you to a discussion of the distinctive features of this governance model and the role that a company secretary can play in its development.

View the presentation slides: 

An introduction to Employee Ownership


Simon Blackburn, Deputy Company Secretary, John Lewis Partnership

Simon is a chartered governance professional and leads the team responsible for corporate governance at the UK’s largest employee-owned business. In his governance career, he has worked at the Pension Protection Fund and at Company Matters, and prior to that, has held roles with the Bank of England and in both Houses of Parliament.

Stephen Hadlow, Corporate Partner, Brabners LLP

Stephen is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises businesses, their shareholders and management teams, across a wide range of transactions. He is actively involved in structuring business transitions to employee ownership and is closely affiliated with the Employee Ownership Association.

Muriel Thorne, Co-founder & Director, Oakwood Corporate Services

Muriel is an experienced chartered secretary and Fellow of the CGI. As a co-founder of Oakwood, she implemented transition of the business to an employee ownership governance model – and continues to act as a director and company secretary of the company, and trustee of the Oakwood Employee Ownership Trust.

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