CANVAS - Family & Alternative Owned Business - Spring 2017 - page 7

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PANEL SPEAKERS
SIR CHARLIE MAYFIELD
Chairman of John Lewis Partnership. John Lewis is one of the UK’s most recognised
employee owned businesses, having retained its commitment to this model since 1920
when the John Lewis Partnership was created. Sir Charlie Mayfield is the fifth Chairman
of the John Lewis Partnership. He joined in 2000, was appointed Managing Director
in 2005 and then became Chairman in 2007. Charlie is the Government appointed
Chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and President of the Employee
Ownership Association.
SACHA ROMANOVITCH
CEO of Grant Thornton, UK LLP. Grant Thornton’s partners chose to move to a shared
enterprise model at the end of 2015. Sacha became the first female to be elected as
CEO of a major accountancy firm and took up the role in July 2015. She also sits on the
UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group.
STEPHEN BAMPFYLDE
Stephen is co-founder and Chairman of Saxton Bampfylde. The firm, now in its thirtieth
year, made the transition to becoming employee-owned in 2014. Under this structure
has an elected Trustee body of six elected Partners and an independent Chair.
Stephen co-founded Saxton Bampfylde in 1996 and oversaw its transition to becoming
employee-owned in 2014. Stephen was on the advisory boards at Cambridge and City
Universities, and a former Chairman of Guildford Cathedral Council.
“We must have
a purpose; we
need some
millennials.”
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