A full-service marketing agency based in Warwickshire has moved to employee ownership and revealed its new senior management team.
Leader was founded in 1965 by Bryan Holden. His son James Holden joined the company in 1983, becoming managing director in 1991.
James Holden, who will be departing from his role, retains an involvement as a consultant and minority shareholder.
He said: “The Leader team, some of whom I have worked alongside for over 20 years, are all committed to providing the best possible service for clients and this was integral to our resilience and growth during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Becoming employee-owned recognises their contribution and I am confident that the Leader legacy is in safe hands with a team that share a commitment to keeping its values alive.
“As the agency moves to an EOT model, the culture of collaboration that being employee-owned brings is vital.”
Three of Leader’s current staff – Faye Hampson, Tracy Taylor, and Alister Foye – are stepping up to become directors and will comprise the agency’s new senior management team.
Hampson, the company’s newly appointed managing director, said: “It’s a really exciting time for Leader and I feel privileged to be part of its new leadership team.
“We are incredibly grateful to James, who has so brilliantly led Leader for over three decades, and share his commitment and passion for delivering great work for our clients.
“We recognise that creative work with compelling results demands a collaborative environment and becoming employee-owned gives us even more opportunity to share ideas, interests and growth as a team.”
James de le Vingne, chief executive of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), added: “We congratulate our members Leader Marketing Partnership on its transition to employee ownership, securing the ethos, values and culture of the business, as well as rooting jobs in Warwickshire.
“Businesses that give employees a stake and a say build trust and shared responsibility, uniting leaders and employees behind a common purpose, and leaving businesses in a better position to flex and adapt.”