The Partnership Council (PC) is our employee forum and it is our mechanism for ensuring our partners have a voice. It is formed up of a team of partners who represent areas / departments across the business. My role as a Chair is to look after that team and chair our monthly meetings. We have created formal governance within the PC so the Chair is supported by specific roles such as Treasurer, Secretary, etc.
In terms of my typical day, the key thing I find is always coming back to that bit about having a partner’s voice. Currently and throughout COVID, the Leadership Team (LT) started having daily morning meetings. I have been attending those meetings as a PC representative, to make sure that the LT is held to account and keeps the partners’ best interests at heart when taking decisions.
Other than that, we have a whole host of projects and activities ongoing that move month to month, such as coming out of partners’ queries or suggestions to make Aquascot (AQS) a better employee-owned business. I’ll spend some of the day working on those or encouraging and influencing members of the PC or within other teams and other parts of the business to work on those activities.
I am also an industry representive on the board of the Industry Leadership Group, Scotland for Employee Ownership, working to champion employee ownership in Scotland.
Oh and then there’s my day job to do as a Compliance Manager. It can be tricky to fit it all in at times, but I enjoy the challenge!