John Lewis director appointed as Chair

Patrick Lewis, Director of Partnership Services for John Lewis, has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chair of Trustees for 3BM, the first mutual joint venture to spin out of local Government, which provides a range of services to schools and strategic services to Local Authorities.

3BM, officially launched in April this year at Hammersmith Town Hall by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, was created by staff from three London boroughs, Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and City of Westminster. All 3BM employees are shareholders, along with Prospects, the education, employment and training company. Prospects, which has been employee owned since 2011 and is one of the largest public service mutual companies, was chosen in a competitive dialogue process.

3BM’s pioneering new model for delivering services to schools through an empowered employee group is a genuine first for the UK. 3BM combines the wealth of knowledge, ethos and experience of the transferred staff, along with a private sector partner to nurture and develop 3BM as a commercial entity. 3BM delivers services that are designed to help schools enable children achieve, such as Building Support, ICT and Finance.

The 3BM Trust holds and manages the staff shareholding. It is a combination of Management and Employee representation, chaired by an independent Non-Executive.

Patrick Lewis will bring board-level experience from the UK’s biggest employee owned company to the new staff mutual. Since joining the John Lewis Partnership, founded by his great grandfather, Patrick has worked in a variety of roles including on the shop floor, merchandise, store manager and strategic management of the group. Since October 2012, He has been Managing Director for Partnership Services.

Andy Rennison, Managing Director of 3BM said:

“We have been extremely grateful for Patrick’s support from our transition from the public sector to the private sector, in his role as Cabinet Office Mentor. We are delighted that Patrick has accepted the role of Non-Executive Chair of Trustees for 3BM. All colleagues at 3BM appreciate the benefits working for an organisation which they own a share of and have a say in the direction of. Good, impartial stewardship of our organisation is vital which is why we are so pleased Patrick has joined us. Patrick has considerable experience on the board of John Lewis and spent many years working at the UK’s most famous employee owned organisation. We look forward to continuing to work with Patrick.”

Patrick Lewis, Non-Executive Chair of Trustees for 3BM, said:

“I am delighted to be joining 3BM, and using my experience within the John Lewis Partnership to support their growth and development”

Ray Auvray, Chair of Prospects, said:

“At Prospects we know the benefits of the employee owned business model and are keen to share it with other organisations which is one of the reasons we are pleased to be involved in the creation of 3BM. Mutualisation allows a company to flourish as a commercial enterprise whilst retaining an ethos of people first. It is great news that Patrick Lewis has agreed to Chair the Trustees body. Patrick’s appointment is another step forward for 3BM as it gets underway.”

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