Employee Mutuals
25 May 2011
Mutual and Social Enterprise Series 2011: Setting up mutuals and social enterprises. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1

Headline Speakers

This conference provided an opportunity to find out the determining issues for the successful formulation of employee mutuals either as a stand alone enterprise or part of a wider social enterprise.

Julie McEver, Associate, Commercial Transactions and Investment, Local Partnerships
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Manjeet Gill, Chief Executive, West Lindsey District Council and Non-Executive Director of Social Investment Business
Initiating employee mutuals

Bob Ricketts, Director of Provider Policy, Department of Health
The new wave of organisational change

Questions and discussion: Session 1b
Danielle Procter, Coporate Director, Transformation, Efficiency and Capability Development, Local Partnerships
"Right to Provide" - employers to accept suitable proposals from front-line staff who want to take over and run their services as mutual organisations

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Questions and discussion: Session 1b
Alastair Wilson, Chief Executive, School for Social Entrepreneurs
Choosing the right model and putting in place effective leadership

Patrick Burns, Executive Director, Employee Ownership Association
Creating value through employee ownership: productivity, waste reduction and greater employee and service user satisfaction

Peter Stocks, Chief Executive, The Baxi Partnership
Don't set up to fail: in pursuit of scale and sustainability'

Panel discussion: Sourcing suitable finance for employee mutuals, ensuring scalability, ambition, savings and innovation
All Session 2 speakers

Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
John Maddocks, Policy & Technical Manager, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
Overcoming the obstacles and taking the opportunities in finance: pensions, VAT and tax implications

David Alcock, Senior Associate, Regeneration Team, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Overcoming the legalities of employee mutuals

Margaret Elliott OBE, Founder and Executive Director, Sunderland Home Care
A reflection on the obstacles: practical advice in avoiding the pitfalls and taking the opportunities: The Care and Share Associates Model

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Stephen Sloss, CEO, Salvere Social Enterprise CIC
An introduction from a newly announced spinout pathfinder mutual

Julie Sharma, Divisional Director, Business Development and Community Resources, Community Health & Care Services CIC
Initiating employee mutuals: Somerset and Bath’s transition to an employee mutual

Panel discussion: A look to the future of employee mutuals in public service design
Simon Parkinson, Head of Culture & Leisure, London Borough of Havering and a Spinout Pathfinder; Stephen Taylor, Former Chief Executive of the Leadership Centre for Local Government and Director, Blakesley Associates; To be joined by afternoon speakers.