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John Lewis director appointed as chair of 3BM staff mutual trust

21 June 2013

John Lewis director appointed as chair of 3BM staff mutual trust

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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Notes to Editor

About 3BM
3BM is the first mutual joint venture to spin-out from local government. Staff involved in supplying support services to schools across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster and beyond set themselves up as an employee-led mutual. 3BM offer services to schools, currently in London and the south that include financial management and budget planning, IT support, building development project management and delivery and strategic advice to councils.

3BM was launched on 10th April 2013 following a European Procurement to create an employee owned mutual to transfer staff from three high performing London boroughs (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and City of Westminster)) with an independent private sector partner to help nurture and develop the new organisation.

As a joint venture, 3BM is supported by Prospects, the education, employment and training company, which is also an employee owned company. Prospects will have a 24.9% stake in 3BM with the remaining shares divided by 3BM employees. You can find out more about Prospects from its website The partnership with Prospects, provides 3BM with access to growth opportunities through its existing supply chains and relationships. Prospects will provide support to enable 3BM to grow however it will not lead or assume responsibility in any way for the day to day running of the organisation.

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About Prospects
Prospects are the partner of 3BM and are a leading education, employment and training company, working nationally and internationally. They help more than one million people each year, through an extensive range of high quality services. They are one of the largest employee owned mutual companies, who have recently converted from being a privately owned company, where now shares are owned by managers and staff.

Services include;

■ Careers services for adults and young people –including the National Careers Service in three regions

■ Advice and guidance for offenders in custody, in Greater London and Yorkshire and Humber

■The Work Programme, the government's major initiative to help long term unemployed people back to work, in the South West, London and Bristol

■Ofsted Early Years Inspection Services in the Midlands and North of England

■Youth Contract targeted support for young people aged 16-17 in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber

■An extensive range of education consultancy and school improvement services

■Academy sponsorship through Prospects Academies Trust, an independent charity supporting the development of Academies and Free Schools.

Gabbitas who are widely recognised for expertise in events management, recruitment, community regeneration and educational resources are one of the most trusted names in independent education, is also part of the Prospects Group.

Prospects received the Consultant of the Year Award, at the Education Investor Awards in 2012 and the Assignment Report Education Company of the Year in 2011.

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