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Fieldfisher's Graeme Nuttall OBE to deliver The Gandhi Foundation annual lecture 2020

08/07/2020

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The trustees of The Gandhi Foundation have today announced that Fieldfisher partner Graeme Nuttall OBE will give the Gandhi Foundation annual lecture 2020. There is a distinguished list of past lecturers including the Dalai Lama and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Graeme Nuttall is a leading expert on the employee ownership business model. He spoke last year, at a conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, on how employee ownership aligned with the aims of The Gandhi Foundation, and has been asked to explore this topic in more detail Graeme will explore how Gandhi's theory of trusteeship can help us redefine employee ownership.
"EO v3.0 – Employee ownership with added Gandhian purpose" will be delivered online on Tuesday 28 July 2020, as part of The Gandhi Foundation's first ever online Summer Gathering. Graeme will be introduced by leading Lord Bhikhu Parekh, President of The Gandhi Foundation and Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster and the University of Hull. More details including how to register are available here.

Mark Hoda, chair of the trustees of the Gandhi Foundation says:

"We are delighted Graeme Nuttall OBE has agreed to deliver the Foundation's annual lecture. Graeme will explore how Mahatma Gandhi's wisdom can help develop modern economic models that benefit society and the environment. The effects of COVID19 have amplified interest in companies serving a public purpose. We look forward to hearing from Graeme about how employee ownership can help an economy Build Back Better."

Graeme Nuttall OBE, partner, Fieldfisher says:

"It is a great honour to deliver The Gandhi Foundation annual lecture. I welcome this timely opportunity to revisit ideas left open in my 2012 Review of Employee Ownership as to how best to define employee ownership. We know employee ownership is a great succession solution and provides good work. But should employee ownership serve a broader purpose? I look forward to examining how Gandhi's theory of trusteeship might help redefine employee ownership, so it better meets the needs of society and the environment."

The Gandhi Foundation is a registered charity (no. 292629), whose founding president was Lord Richard Attenborough. The Gandhi Foundation exists to spread knowledge and understanding of the life and work of Mohandas K. Gandhi. It aims to explain and demonstrate the continuing relevance of Gandhi’s insights and actions today. The Patrons of The Gandhi Foundation are Lord Richard Attenborough, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Lord Navnit Dholakia OBE, Sir Mark Tully OBE KBE, Godric Bader, Denis Halliday, Eirwen Harbottle, Martin Polden OBE, Baroness Verma and Diana Schumacher OBE.

Graeme Nuttall OBE is a partner at international law firm Fieldfisher, trustee director of The Institute for the Future of Work and an Executive Fellow at The Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. He has helped set the UK agenda for promoting employee ownership. As the Government's independent adviser, he wrote "Sharing Success: The Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership" (BIS, 2012). The Government supported its recommendations including changes in company and tax law. The employee ownership trust was introduced as result of the findings of the Nuttall Review. Graeme belonged to the HM Treasury Advisory Group that developed the UK's tax advantaged share incentive plan and enterprise management incentives arrangement. Graeme helped make the case for public service mutuals as a way to transform public services through his advice to the initial pathfinders. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2014 Birthday Honours for services to employee ownership, employee share plans and public service mutuals. He was the FT 2013 Innovative Lawyer of the Year. In 2012 he received the Baxendale Fellowship award at the Employee Ownership Association's annual conference. He is chair of the trustee board at a number of employee-owned companies.

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