To help you achieve a smooth transition to an EOT business, we use the expertise of trusted associates to provide consultancy that’s tailored to you.  We can walk beside you throughout your journey, or step in as and when required as you progress through the Eternal Business Programme.

We can also facilitate introductions to other key professionals such as accountants, solicitors and commercial finance brokers who understand the culture change required by employee ownership.

Chris Budd, Founder, The Eternal Business Consultancy

Chris passed his Diploma in Business Coaching from the EMCC back in 2013. This, combined with his experience of having taking his own business through the transition to employee ownership, makes him uniquely placed to help owners to find the right path for them and their business.

As well as being the architect of the course and the author of The Eternal Business book, upon which the course is based, Chris continues to act as a director, chair and trustee for a variety of organisations.

Chris is driven by the good that he sees employee ownership can bring to employees, owners, customers and, ultimately, society. He is experienced in helping owners to work out if the EOT is going to be the right succession plan for them, and in helping leadership teams to come to terms with the new ownership.

Campbell McDonald, Managing Director, Storyboard Consulting

Campbell is one of the UK’s leading employee ownership (EO) practitioners and a specialist in organisational transformation.

Campbell spent two years working as a consultant to the John Lewis Partnership, before leading the creation of a nationally-recognised management consultancy (Baxendale), in an EO model, specialising in supporting the creation and growth of mutual and EO businesses.

Campbell has supported the performance of Boards, Directors, Trustees and employee councils at dozens of EO businesses, from SMEs to larger firms. Campbell was a Cabinet Office-appointed mentor to the Government’s first wave of public service mutual and led on the creation of multiple new EO social businesses – including Whitehall’s largest mutual joint venture, the £50m disability employment services provider Remploy.

Campbell now operates as an independent consultant and expert on building thriving EO workforce cultures and effective governance mechanisms.Campbell is the Chair of the Board of EOT Trustees at the global architecture firm Broadway Malyan, and through his writing and public speaking continues to be a powerful advocate on behalf of the employee owned sector.

Jan Bowen-Nielsen, Managing Director, Quiver Management

Jan has 15 years senior management experience from large blue-chip and medium size companies in the UK, Denmark and USA, including technical and operations management, commercial roles and general management. His experience includes a CEO role with an international business based in the USA, a CEO role with a European consultancy as well as currently being the Chairman of a ÂŁ2million high-growth business in Wales and Chair of a charity based in England.

Jan has 16 years’ experience as a business coach, trainer and management consultant. He has particular expertise in helping business owners develop their personal and business strategies, deliver business growth and create strong management teams to support their ambitions.

His sector experience as a an executive and business coach spans a wide range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, utilities, engineering, professional services, transport and not-for-profit amongst many others.

Catrin MacDonnell

Catrin is an experienced coach who works with people who want to make changes in their business and life. She works with business owners and leaders in a range of fields from legal, financial, engineering, property and marketing/comms in the public, private and third sectors.

She also delivers training on leadership and management skills for businesses and organisations, including Academi Wales, the Welsh Government’s training academy for public sector leaders and managers across Wales.

She particularly enjoys working with people as a transition coach, where there are changes to be made but perhaps some resistance and enjoys coaching people to communicate more effectively. She would love to start a listening revolution where we all learn to properly listen and hear what others are saying. Sounds simple but it’s rare.

She lives in Bristol with her husband and two sons and loves to travel, eat good food and do a bit of yoga in her spare time.

Caroline Gourlay, Business Psychologist

Caroline is a Chartered Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people and organisations to thrive. She has worked in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors, though her main interest lies in mid-sized owner-managed businesses, including family businesses.

Her primary fields of expertise are the assessment and development of leaders. She carries out in-depth, psychological profiling of senior managers for selection, promotion and succession planning purposes.

Caroline is also an experienced coach, who works with senior leaders and leadership teams and coaches on leadership development programmes at Said Business School, Oxford University. A sought-after speaker, she is able to put across ideas about the psychology of people at work in a straightforward and engaging way. She writes a popular blog on business psychology, which is written without psychobabble.

Matt Tipping - Founder, The Good Stream

Matt Tipping is a designer and creative strategy thinker.  After experiencing and helping global retail brands for the previous 30 years, Matt is now helping start-ups, organisations, and businesses on the cusp of change to reimagine their future.

Matt’s previous business transformed to become a thriving self-managed organisation and a B Corp.  This journey has gifted Matt a deep sense of personal purpose.  One where his design-thinking knowledge and experience of governance transformation can be shared for good.

Matt believes that we can all shift mindset with the right conversation.  With that shift comes a better business and a better world.  His skill lies in challenging convention, analytical thinking, simplifying complexity, creative problem-solving, and using design thinking to find better ways of doing good with business for founders, employees, society, and a thriving planet.