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.
David was until October 2010 Head of Employment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. He was responsible for representing EEF’s views on employment and pension issues to the UK Government and the European Union, including the Working Time, Agency Workers and EWC Directives, the National Minimum Wage, statutory trade union recognition, age discrimination legislation and pensions reform. In 2010 he was one of 3 experts asked by the Government to undertake an independent review of pensions auto-enrolment. The recommendations in their report, “Making Automatic Enrolment Work”, were accepted by the Government and have been implemented in the Pensions Act.
Before joining EEF in 1995, David spent most of his career in the Personnel Department of Pirelli Cables, the UK manufacturing part of the international Pirelli Group, and was the company’s Director of Personnel from 1989 to 1995.
David has been a regular speaker on employment and pensions issues at conferences as well as on the television and radio. He was awarded an OBE for services to engineering and manufacturing employers in June 2008. He is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a fellow of the RSA. He is also the independent President of the United Nations’ Staff-Management Committee as well as being a member of the Executive Council of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA) and of the Council of the Pension Policy Institute (PPI).
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.
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.