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Iain Hasdell

Iain is the Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association – the leading body in the UK for businesses, whether of private sector or public service origin – that are owned by their employees. The EOA represents employee owned businesses that contribute over £30bn to UK GDP each year.

Immediately prior to joining the EOA Iain built and ran a large business as a Senior Partner at the international consulting firm KPMG. There he worked with businesses across most sectors of the economy focusing on economic competiveness, public private partnerships and also public service reform.

He has an extensive track record of nurturing start up businesses, helping existing private sector businesses grow and in creating new enterprises that have spun out of the public sector.

His current activities are focused on growing the number of employee owned businesses in the UK both through direct advice and assistance to businesses and also through work to create a more enlightened tax, and regulatory framework for employee ownership in the UK.

Iain is also a former parliamentary advisor on Anglo-Irish relations, social welfare reform and aspects of industrial policy.

He strongly advocates a much bigger role for employee ownership in the economy and greater democracy in the work place.

He is a Member of two independent bodies, The Mutuals Task Force and the Employee Engagement Task Force that advise Government, other political parties and also businesses across the economy on public service spin outs and employee engagement matters respectively.

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...