New year, new us – Agulhas becomes an Employee-Owned Trust

At the start of 2021, Agulhas became an Employee-Owned Trust. We are now owned and run by those who know Agulhas and our values best – our people.

Agulhas’ principles are central to everything we do as an organisation. After almost 20 years building a company based on these values, becoming an Employee-Owned Trust will ensure that Agulhas continues to grow and be nurtured by those who embody these values, ensuring a sustainable future for the company.

As an Employee-Owned Trust, employees will be invested in Agulhas Applied Knowledge for as long as they work for the company. The Trust will be managed by a Board, who represent all shareholders and are responsible for ensuring employee interests. A Board of Directors will continue to run the organisation and be accountable to the Trust Board. A Staff Forum will advise the Directors and the Trust Board, ensuring employee representation in decision-making and the future of Agulhas.

‘Moving Agulhas to become Employee-Owned is a logical next step for us and consistent with our values.  We are really pleased to have got to this point. For the founders, it is clear that becoming employee owned will allow Agulhas to thrive in the future.’

Nigel Thornton, Agulhas Director


‘I’m delighted that Agulhas has become an Employee-Owned Trust and will continue to develop, learn and grow, and that the employees who know it best will have more of a say in the organisations’ future.’

Trisha Chauhan, Agulhas Board Member

We look forward to continuing to build a sustainable, values-driven Agulhas, so that we can continue to offer our clients our deep understanding and wealth of experience, and to work with them towards building a safer and more sustainable world.

Agulhas is a member of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). For more information on what being Employee Owned means, visit the EOA website here.

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