OAW is a registered charity with a Board of six Trustee Directors. All are highly respected individuals with strong track records in the shared ownership sector: 

Ann Tyler

Ann Tyler is Chair of Ownership at Work. A Cambridge graduate and qualified solicitor, she has over 30 years’ experience of legal and policy advice, and consulting work, in the field of employee ownership. She advised on employee ownership schemes in a wide variety or public and private companies, setting up the first ESOP in the UK, in Roadchef Limited.

She implemented employee trusts on privatisation of the bus, air, electricity and coal industries, and worked with a number of trades unions as well as the trade union owned bank, Unity Trust. She was a founder member of Capital Strategies Limited and a Trustee of the Baxi Partnership Trust for 10 years to 2010. 

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Ann was Executive Director of Job Ownership Limited [now the Employee Ownership Association] from 2002-4; and company secretary until 2013, during its transition from a small lobbying group to successful membership organisation. She took a private members’ bill through Parliament in 2002 to improve the tax regime for employee ownership.

Recently, she has contributed to the Nuttall Review, sat on the BIS Stakeholder Advisory Group, led a working group on the proposed establishment of a new Institute for Mutual and Employee Owned Business, organised the first Robert Oakeshott Memorial Lecture delivered by Sir Nick Clegg when he was deputy Prime Minister, reviewed the Labour Party’s policy on Employee Ownership as part of the Hunt Review on Mutuals and organised a UK employee ownership study tour for a group of lawyers and politicians from the Basque Country. She advised Grant Thornton on their ‘Shared Enterprise’ scheme, was employee ownership consultant with Lewis Silkin LLP, and is currently an associate of Mutuo and a trustee of Voice at Be Caring.

James de le Vigne

James is Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association, the UK’s leading voice on employee ownership, representing a sector that contributes between £30-40bn a year to UK GDP as well as a membership organisation for UK businesses of private or public sector origin, that are wholly or partially owned by their employees.

Previously James was Head of Development at Co-operatives UK and has a background in international development and local economic development.  James is a Board member of Scotland for EO, an Executive Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University and RSA Fellow.

Jo Pritchard

In 2006 Jo was instrumental in establishing the first employee owned social enterprise to come out of the NHS in England; she led CSH Surrey for 11 years tripling its size. In 2011 Jo was invited by the then Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office to join the Mutuals’ Taskforce to create opportunities for employee ownership within the public sector. 

Appointed as a Commissioner on the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Midwifery Commission in 2010, the following year she was awarded an MBE for services to social enterprise.

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In 2017 Jo was honoured with the Employee Ownership Association’s Philip Baxendale Fellowship award and was made an Honorary Fellow of Social Enterprise UK. 

Jo is a Board Director at SEUK and has a particular interest in supporting employee owned health and social care social enterprises. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Surrey. 

Deb Oxley

Deb Oxley OBE led the campaign for more employee ownership for almost a decade and is the former CEO of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). Deb now works independently, supporting the UK’s EO business community to deliver better business, collaborating with Boards and Senior Leadership Teams as a consultant or non-executive director.

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Deb has over 30 year’s business experience across private and public sectors and latterly after founding and running her own small business for 10 years, joined the EOA in 2012, becoming Chief Executive in 2015. Having led a national inquiry into the economic and social effects of employee ownership, Deb leads the campaign to realise the recommendations of the inquiry findings, the Ownership Dividend and as part of seeking to mainstream employee ownership in the UK economy. 

Deb is also a Board member of industry leadership group, Scotland for Employee Ownership (SfEO), a Champion of the Cabinet Office’s Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP), and a member of the Managing Partners Forum (MPF) Advisory Board. 

In 2018 Deb was awarded an OBE for her services to employee ownership and social enterprise. 

Malcolm Lynch

Malcolm is a partner at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP and head of the Charities and Social Economy Team. He is a company and commercial lawyer and was an executive committee member of the Charity Law Association until June 2013. 

He qualified in 1983 and has been advising on the legal, trust and tax aspects of employee ownership since 1987.  He is the author of ESOPs, ECOPs and Employee Ownership – a Guide for Trade Unionists and has assisted numerous companies on succession to employee ownership.  

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He is recognised by the National Legal Directories, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, as an expert in Charity Law.  He is a trustee of Leeds Youth Opera and Chairman of Business and Enterprise Finance Limited and was formerly Chair of the Ecology Building Society. 

Clayton Hirst

Clayton Hirst is a corporate affairs specialist, with more than 25 years’ experience working in policy, communications and public affairs. 

He is Director of Corporate Affairs at Halma, the FTSE 100 global group of life-saving technology companies. Before that he held senior communications and public affairs roles at the John Lewis Partnership, Virgin Media and Ofcom. 

Clayton spent the early part of his career as a journalist, latterly the Deputy Business Editor on the Independent on Sunday, reporting on a range of business and economic issues.