Q&A – Why could EfS not continue under its present governance arrangements?
All organisations move through different stages in their development which are appropriate to what they have achieved and the opportunities that present themselves. EFS has done much to raise the profile of Employee Engagement and in order to help drive our message from the ‘choir to the congregation’ we believe we need to harness more resource with a wider reach. The EFS Board concluded, after an extensive evaluation of all the options, that the best way forward without the distraction of raising significant extra funds, would be to work more closely with CIPD who share our aims and very much value what we have achieved. We have built up much trust with CIPD over the last 18 months since they became our prime funder and it now makes sense to take this very positive relationship to the next stage
The alliance will see the CIPD taking full ownership of Engage for Success and responsibility for its ongoing operations from 1st July.
The move provides for a stable and sustainable source for EfS to continue to further the aims and objectives of the Movement in promoting employee engagement as a better way to work that benefits individual employees, teams, and whole organisations.
Why the CIPD?
There is strong alignment between the aims of EfS as a movement committed to promoting employee engagement as a better way to work and the CIPD as an organisation championing better work and working lives. EfS began a partnership with CIPD in 2016 as our principal sponsor and these arrangements have worked well, to the extent that we feel CIPD is both a trusted and sustainable organisation for EfS to be incorporated within.
Who is the EfS Board?
The Board comprises senior directors appointed for their expertise and experience in employee engagement. It is also constituted in a way which properly reflects the diversity of the organisations represented across the EfS spectrum of private, public and third sector organisations and both large and small businesses.
The Board has been chaired since April 2016 by Peter Cheese, CEO of CIPD. The full list of the Board is on the EfS Website.
Surely CIPD will subsume EfS and the Movement will disappear within it as a result?
The EfS Board and CIPD have been certain to ensure that incorporation does not endanger either the Engage for Success vision and aims, nor its now well-recognised brand. The Board will transition into an advisory board within CIPD, and meet regularly, to safeguard the continued operation of EfS’s aims within CIPD, including its brand. This will also be the responsibility of every movement member.
What is happening to David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, EfS’s Founders?
David and Nita, EFS co founders have stepped back from the day-to-day running of Engage for Success over time as they increasingly hand over to the wide network of volunteers which promotes and speaks on behalf of the Movement. However both remain very much involved, for example in recent discussions with government on the potential for employee engagement to play an important part within the industrial strategy. This will continue to be the case and both will be members of the EFS advisory board. They play an important role as cofounders and ‘cheerleaders’ for the movement, David has worked closely with Cathy through this year’s conference and in this transition phase, and both remain committed and very involved.
What is happening to Executive Director, Cathy Brown?
Cathy has been involved with EfS for seven years as a secondee, volunteer and employee and everyone at EfS is deeply grateful for the contribution she has made to the Movement and the cause of engagement.
The EfS Board has been careful to ensure that arrangements for the ending of Cathy’s contract have progressed in full consultation with Cathy. Cathy has been asked to become a member of the new EfS Advisory Board and we are delighted she has accepted. She is holding a transitional role currently to support both organisations through the time of change.
We are delighted to welcome Faran Johnson, seconded from the Civil Service, who has a wealth of experience from senior roles in the private sector and in the public sector, as Managing Director to lead the movement through its next phase of evolution.
What is happening to the Core Team members?
EfS Core Team members, all of whom other than the Executive Director are volunteers or secondees from other organisations and funded by those organisations, will continue to have the opportunity to continue as now, within the new CIPD arrangements.
What is happening to the volunteer groups such as the Thought and Action groups and the regional networks?
There will be no change to the composition or activities of the volunteer groups – these will continue as now, shining a light on engagement in their region or sectors and encouraging organisations to adopt the principles of the Four Enablers and activities emanating from these.