EOA Conference 2016 - An update
By Saxton Bampfylde
Saxton Bampfylde Partners spent an enjoyable two days at the EOA's largest ever annual conference, joining over 600 delegates in Birmingham. It was great to see such a broad range of organisations, some of which are considering making the transition to employee ownership and others that are already on that journey. It was a good reminder of the cross sector appeal of this structure as attendees included leading social services providers, public sector mutuals, professional services, manufacturing, and retail and consumer market leaders.
While speakers agreed that we were approaching the end of what has been a tumultuous year politically and economically, they remained upbeat. Members were energised by the belief that the Employee Ownership model offered a strong solution to challenges around work force engagement, ethical business, innovation and long term success.
Trustee Andy King joined a panel exploring the roles and responsibility of the trustees and elected representatives. He shared our experience of establishing our governance structure and learning from the ongoing development of the trustee’s role as we continue on our journey as an EOB.