Philip has been advising companies on setting up and running European Works Councils and UK Information & Consultation arrangements since 2005. He also advises on global Trade Union strategies, International Framework Agreements, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and Works Council laws in Europe. His clients have included some of the world’s largest employers. Prior to this he was Assistant Director in the Employment Relations Directorate of the UK Department of Trade and Industry (now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy), where he led the team responsible for the European Works Council Directive, the Information & Consultation of Employees Regulations, and legislation on collective redundancies and the European Company. Philip’s previous posts at DTI included company law, competition policy, and overseas trade, and he spent 3 years on secondment to the telecoms regulator OFTEL.
Tom is a very experienced senior employment lawyer, formerly national head of employment and pensions at Irwin Mitchell and London head of employment at Pinsent Masons. One of his key areas of expertise is employee engagement, including trade union relations and European Works Councils.
Greg was Vice President of HR for Ricoh Europe until 2013. He has more than 25 years’ international experience in American, British and Japanese multinationals. Prior to this Greg was Head of HR for NRG Group (formerly Gestetner), and steered the HR dimensions of the merger of Ricoh and NRG in 2007, including negotiations with both companies’ EWCs. As HR Director, Europe for Premier Industrial Corporation he established their EWC in 1996, and subsequently worked with Brian Lewis after Farnell acquired Premier. Greg has steered HR strategy and practice through three decades of acquisition, merger, business re-engineering, rapid expansion, downsizing and outsourcing. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a PROSCI qualified change management practitioner. His earlier career in manufacturing, financial services and reward management, and two years as General Manager of a Spanish direct sales company, supplements his broad generalist HR experience. More recently Greg has given advice and counsel to a property business, a start-up catering company and charitable/ not-for-profit organisations.
Brian is a former International Human Resources Director with executive experience as a key member of corporate business teams in the UK, Continental Europe, USA and Asia. As Vice President, HR at Borealis A/S he played a leadership role in one of the very first European Works Councils. In 1999 he returned to the UK as Global HR Director, Premier Farnell plc and developed its highly successful European Forum. His experience has convinced him that both management and employees can have their respective needs met through well organised and conducted Works Councils. As a consultant he has advised a wide range of UK and multinational organisations on sustainable performance improvement through effective communications and the development of employee commitment.