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Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year

Tuesday 28 November 2017

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Tuesday November 28

Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year

Lucy Farrow of OPM Group is delighted to be announced as winner in the Employee Owner of the Year category in the UK Employee Ownership Awards.

The awards run by the EOA and sponsored by Baxendale were held at the EOA Gala Dinner on the 27 November at the Hilton Metropole Hotel Birmingham.

The awards celebrate the significant contribution employee owned businesses make to the UK economy and the Employee Owner of the Year celebrates an individual, irrespective of their seniority, who is as true champion of employee ownership within their organisation and beyond.

Lucy was Chair of OPM Group’s Employee Ownership Trust from 2014-2017. She has been a role model for employee ownership and leadership. She places a real emphasis on fostering collaboration and encouraging people at every level to contribute their ideas to the business.

Peter Holland, OPM Group Chief Executive said “We’re thrilled that Lucy is the winner in the Employee Owner of the Year award. It’s enormously deserved. She was an inspirational chair of our Employee Ownership Trust and continues to be a passionate advocate of our values-based approach to employee ownership.”

Baxendale Managing Director, Campbell McDonald, said: “Now more than ever our economy needs businesses that are outstanding in every way. Employee owned business innovate and out-perform the competition by putting people at the heart of their approach.

“Employee ownership can transform not just the bottom line, but also workforce culture, corporate behaviour and community impact. As public trust in boardroom ethics drops ever lower, the country is crying out for more businesses that create a wider positive impact in our economy and society.”

Deb Oxley, CEO of the EOA, said: “Congratulations to Lucy on winning this award.

“The awards recognise the productivity, innovation and excellence driven by teams and individuals in employee owned businesses, which demonstrate how employees having a stake in the business teamed with a robust culture of transparency and employee engagement result in outstanding performance in growth and resilience.”

 

About Lucy Farrow:

Lucy joined Dialogue by Design in 2011. Dialogue by Design merged with OPM to form OPM Group in 2012. Lucy now jointly leads our Consultation and Engagement team. She has established it as one of the leading providers of consultation and engagement services for large scale, complex and controversial infrastructure, energy and environment projects in the UK. In the past year, the team has successfully delivered consultation and engagement for a range of high profile projects, including the Heathrow third runway, HS2, Sizewell nuclear power station and National Grid. Lucy is recognised as a leading expert in complex engagement and consultation processes. Alongside her day job, Lucy took over as Chair of our Employee Ownership Trust and non-executive Board Director in January 2014. She held this position for a three-year term, handing over earlier this year.

About OPM Group:

OPM Group is an independent employee-owned research and consultancy organisation. We support and champion the delivery of social impact, and help people have a say in the decisions that affect them. We deliver a range of services including: public and stakeholder management; consultation management and analysis; research and insight; programme and impact evaluation; and support around social investment. OPM Group was established in 1989 and been employee owned since 1994. We became wholly employee owned in 2009. We were the UK’s first employee-owned “public interest” company. Since then, the landscape of public service delivery has changed immensely but our commitment to social value still runs through all the work we do.

www.opm.co.uk

www.dialoguebydesign.co.uk

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About Baxendale

Management consultancy, Baxendale, has been employee owned since 1983 and has an impressive track record in providing specialist support to all kinds of organisations transitioning to employee owned business models. In 2017 alone, Baxendale has worked with more than 40 clients either moving to employee ownership or looking to get the most out of their existing employee ownership.

The unique start-to-finish support delivered by the Baxendale team draws on legal and commercial experience working with some of the UK’s best known private sector EO organisations. Baxendale has also delivered a significant amount of work supporting teams in spinning out of the public sector into new mutual social enterprises.

 

About the EOA

The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) represents organisations which are employee owned or transitioning to employee ownership across the UK.

The EOA is a not for profit and politically independent organisation and its core purpose is to grow employee ownership in the UK.

The EOA works in close partnership with its members to champion, promote and provide insight into the business case for employee ownership. Members benefit from unique learning, networking and trading opportunities across the network of diverse companies of all sizes and sectors.

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About the UK Employee Ownership Awards

The Annual UK Employee Ownership Awards celebrate the significant contribution Employee Owned businesses (EOBs) make to the UK economy.

The awards recognise the productivity, innovation and excellence driven by teams and individuals in EOBs, which demonstrate how employees having a stake in the business teamed with a robust culture of transparency and employee engagement result in outstanding performance in growth and resilience.

The Awards, managed by the Employee Ownership Association, will be sponsored again in 2017 by leading EOA member Baxendale, an EOB specialising in providing support to, and raising finance for, employee owned businesses, public service mutuals and social enterprises.

For more information, including a full list categories and judges, please visit http://employeeownership.co.uk/events/uk-employee-ownership-awards/