Who we are

Ownership at Work exists to bring insight and raise awareness of the benefits of employee ownership.  

All-employee ownership brings multiple benefits to individual workers, businesses and wider society and the economy. Ownership at Work (OAW) is strengthening the evidence base behind those benefits. We produce research that supports political and policy decision-makers to promote growing levels of EO in the UK, and educational materials that help businesses and employees to reap the positive economic and social outcomes EO can bring.   

Launched in 2019, OAW is an independent charitable think tank and research partner to the sector’s trade body the Employee Ownership Association.  

Campbell McDonald,
Chief Executive

In November 2020, Ownership at Work (OAW) appointed Campbell McDonald as its first Chief Executive. Campbell has worked in the EO sector for 12 years and was a Trustee at OAW before taking on this role: 

“The UK needs employee ownership now more than ever. EO can help drive the explosion of productivity we need to support post-pandemic economic recovery. Just as important is the powerful wider social impact that EO firms have, doing more to address financial security and address income inequality, promoting employee wellbeing and personal development, and often retaining social as well as economic value in local communities.”


OAW is a registered charity with a Board of five Trustee Directors. All are highly respected individuals with strong track records in the EO sector, including Chair Ann Tyler and EOA Chief Exec Deb Oxley. 

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Our OAW Fellows help ensure our research programme is always highly relevant and addresses critical challenges for employees, businesses and policy-makers. Fellows are all leaders in their fields, from inside the EO sector and beyond. 

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advisory board 

We are privileged to have three highly esteemed public figures on our Advisory Board: Sir Charlie Mayfield, Will Hutton and Sacha Romanovitch. All bring the weight of their insight, intellect and experience to support OAW to achieve its ambition. Read more…