Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced at the SOLACE Summit 2012 that Graeme Nuttall, partner at Fieldfisher has been appointed as a Mutuals Ambassador as part of the Government's Mutuals Ambassadors Programme.
Fledgling and existing mutuals will be given a vital helping hand from 15 inspiring individuals. They will work free of charge to drive forward the public service mutuals movement. This will include troubleshooting specific concerns, sharing their commercial expertise, promoting public service mutuals and identifying upcoming new projects.
The Government has selected people from a wide variety of organisations, including local authorities, mutuals, professional services and business firms, to deliver effective support. All the individuals are leaders in their fields. Ambassadors include Andrew Burnell, CEO of City Healthcare Partnership, a public service mutual with 1,400 staff and a turnover of around £52 million; and Patrick Lewis, Managing Director of Partnership Services, of the John Lewis Partnership.
Graeme Nuttall, a partner at law firm Fieldfisher has extensive experience in this field and earlier this year was appointed as the Government’s independent adviser on employee ownership. Graeme launched his final report on employee ownership on 4 July 2012 which provided recommendations on how to promote employee ownership and spread the benefits into the wider economy.
Graeme Nuttall said: "I am delighted to accept this appointment and am looking forward to driving forward employee ownership and its move into the mainstream of the economy. The benefits of employee ownership are huge and clearly demonstrated by the many UK success stories. It is time for the wider business community to appreciate what employee ownership can do for business, in both the public and private sector and the growth of the UK economy."
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: “The independent Mutuals Taskforce recommended in their last report that we should coordinate a network of Mutuals Ambassadors, and we have done just that."
“These new Ambassadors will play a key role in finding solutions to overcome barriers to upcoming and existing mutuals. We know there are thousands of frontline staff who know how the services they deliver can be run better, and the extra support we have announced today will help them to get there.”
For further information, please contact:
Louise Eckersley, PR Manager, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP on 020 7861 4120
Notes to editors
1. Sharing Success: The Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership can be found at:
2. Cabinet Offices Mutual Ambassadors press release:
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