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Celebrating one year of employee-ownership

We are marking the first year since we began our employee-ownership journey with Seetec. At this key milestone, our Executive Director of Justice and Social Care has taken the opportunity to look back at how we have changed and the benefits of an employee-owned Group.

January 2020 marked a brand-new chapter for Seetec as the business Group became employee-owned. This change in structure was quickly adopted by Seetec Justice. In May last year, an Employee Council, including two representatives from Seetec Justice (Ben McCormick and Suzanne Purcell), were elected and held their first meeting in June. We also elected our first Employee Trustee Director in September. The Trustee Director role represents the views of Seetec’s 2,300 employee-owners at a board level. They help to influence the future strategy and direction of the Group.

Our Executive Director of Justice and Social Care, Suki Binning, said the change in ownership status is improving our services.

She said: “I am delighted to mark the anniversary since we became part of an employee-owned company. What is starting to emerge through the change in governance structure, engagement priorities and culture we are pursuing is an even stronger commitment to deliver real social value.”

“Our employee-owners are helping to drive forward the organisation in areas that matter the most to us. From a probation perspective, this means better understanding the path people take through the justice system and pinpointing what interventions work best to help them change their lives for the better.”

“Looking forward to 2021 and beyond, there is still so much more that can be achieved as an employee-owned business with exciting opportunities to explore on the horizon.”

“I look forward to working with colleagues to further embed the benefits of our employee-ownership structure across the business this year. With better employee engagement, I am confident that we can deliver better results for the individuals and communities that we serve.”

What do our employee council representatives have to say about their first year?

Ben McCormick, Resource Administrator for our Wales Probation Services, said: “It’s been a real highlight to be involved at the start of an incredible journey. We have already made some significant achievements and got the ball rolling with the appointment of our first Employee Trustee Director. As with any long journey, the first small steps lead to bigger things later on.”

Suzanne Purcell, Regional Education, Training and Employment Manager for the South East of England, said: “The senior management team have been really welcoming and supportive of the role of the council. There has been a strong commitment to employee-ownership by John Baumback and pillar leads, and a real commitment to improving the business and its services.”

You can read more about our move to employee-ownership here.