Team Consulting proudly transitioned to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) model in 2016. The EOT ethos greatly complimented Team's own values of integrity, transparency and being a people centric business. Team is a medical device design and development consultancy with over 130 employees working in 6 key sectors: drug delivery, MedTech, diagnostics, surgical, consumer health and connected health. We work closely with both start-ups and multinationals to develop innovative and award-winning devices that meet regulatory requirements. We support our clients at any stage of medical device development, from concept generation to industrialisation.

Team is seeking an Independent Trustee Director to join our Trustee board. The Trustee board represents and is accountable to all employees, as the co-owners of the business. They are guardians of the conscience of the organisation, both for now and for successive generations of co-owners, holding the main Team board accountable for running a successful business with an EO ethos, in accordance with the Trust Deed. The EOT Trustee board currently comprises of four staff representatives and a Team Board nominee.

We are looking to the Independent Trustee Director to bring valuable perspectives, learnings, and ideas from outside Team, which will benefit the continuing development of the trustee board. The successful candidate will work with their trustee board colleagues to create imaginative and effective approaches to best practise in employee ownership, in keeping with Team’s culture and values.

The primary function of Team’s trustee company is to ensure that the objectives of the Trust are met, i.e. administration and compliance of the Trust; ensuring progress against the main purpose of the Trust; reporting to the co-owners of the business, and to benefit the co-owners by:

  • Remaining the main shareholder
  • Securing the continuation of Team as a successful, independent and professionally managed trading enterprise with an EO ethos; for Team this means co-owners:
    • Act with integrity and respect
    • Are responsible for maximising their contribution to Team
    • Have an opportunity to influence the major policies of Team

Responsibilities of the Independent Trustee Director

The specific responsibilities include providing a valuable external perspective and an ability to see the bigger picture contributing to the Trustee board by sharing:

  • Best practice and ideas for an employee-owned set up
  • A fresh pair of eyes and constructive challenge
  • A range of different networks and contacts

In general, the duties will include working with the other trustee directors to:

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its trust deed and any other relevant legislation or regulations and pursues its objects/objectives as defined in its trust deed
  • Safeguard and help champion the good name and values of Team
  • Contribute to the board of trustee's role (e.g. by helping protect the interests of the co-owners, provide direction and guidance to the organisation, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets)
  • Continue to develop working practises of the Trust, which are appropriate in content and in approach

Help guide the trustee board to work in partnership with the Team main board and the leadership team, to understand how these distinct elements can collaborate to best serve the co-owners of Team. At a practical level, the Independent Trustee Director should be willing to devote the necessary time and effort to:

  • Attend meetings of the trustee board and any general meetings of the trustee
  • Consider board papers in advance of each meeting and play a full part in the work of the trustee board
  • Carry out such tasks as the trust board from time-to-time may assign to them

Qualifications & skills


  • Board-level experience
  • Able to make difficult and impartial judgement calls
  • Articulate, with good presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to bring an external perspective to Team
  • Comfortable with financial information to P&L level


  • EO Trustee experience
  • Experience as a non-executive director
  • Experience of creating a trustee governance structure
  • Proven experience at a senior level in a technology or healthcare service organisation
  • Good coverage of management/operational/pastoral roles in a range of business types (e.g. large, mid-tier, start-up, plc, private, public, “not for profit”

  • Personal Qualities

  • Highly ethical with a reputation as a person of high integrity
  • Shares and understands Team’s values and culture
  • Naturally consultative and a good listener who values and encourages teamwork
  • Empathetic and supportive
  • Curious and engaging, transparent and an open attitude
  • Interested in exploring ways to create positive and effective work environments and motivated employees
  • Calm and resourceful in a crisis
  • Additional role requirements and working patterns

    Outside interests of the Independent Trustee Director that might reasonably be considered to create a conflict of interest need to be declared and will require approval of the trustee board.

    The role does not confer employment rights but is remunerated and subject to a director’s contract.

    The role is expected to take the equivalent of approximately 2 days per month, although some degree of flexibility is expected.

    The Independent Trustee Director role is for an initial term of 4 years, after which the candidate may be considered for reappointment.

    Getting to know Team Consulting

    To welcome the successful candidate to Team, we will provide a personalised induction programme, to give the relevant information to enable them to be effective in their role as swiftly as possible. Induction sessions are likely to cover the following themes:

    • Introduction to Team co-owners
    • An understanding of Teams core business, the market in which we operate
    • An overview of Team’s aspirations and plans for the future
    • Insight into Team’s culture and values.

    To apply for this position, please submit an up to date CV and a covering letter detailing your motivation and highlighting your suitability for this position. We look forward to receiving your application.

    Equal Opportunities

    Team values equality, diversity and inclusion in employment and recruitment. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and an inclusive community, where our talented people respect and value the contributions, skills and abilities of others.

    We want our people to succeed on merit; treating individuals equally, including making decisions and providing encouragement and opportunities relating to recruitment, career development and retention in a fair and consistent manner.

    Our aim is a workplace free from all forms of bullying, harassment or victimisation, and unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnerships.

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