Helen Moreton joins the Lush Employee Benefit Trust as Independent Trustee
26 June 2020
In March 2017 Lush announced its Employee Benefit Trust (EBT), where 10% of the company shares are held on behalf of all Lush Group employees.
In 2019, we held company wide elections to appoint our staff elected trustees and since then, we’ve been on the hunt for an Independent Trustee to join the Lush EBT board of Trustees and share their knowledge and experience of employee ownership and to help to guide us on our own Employee Ownership journey.
Today, the Lush EBT trustees are pleased to announce that Helen Moreton will join the Lush EBT Trustee team as our Independent Trustee. Helen brings with her 18 years of experience in retail employee ownership via the John Lewis Partnership. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Lush as the new Independent Trustee of your Employee Benefit Trust,” says Helen. “Not only do I love your products, but I applaud everything you stand for. Doing work of meaning is of great importance to me and I have enjoyed a career of working with and for several purpose led organisations.
“I have been an active part of the Employee Owned Sector for over twenty years. I spent 18 years at John Lewis Partnership in a variety of independent and strategic roles; my last role was a non-executive one working within the democratic structures amplifying Partner opinion and advising business leaders upon growing a culture of EO. I now work with several other EO businesses in a Chairing, Coaching, Advisory and Training capacity, including Riverford Organic Farmers as Chair of their Co-owner Council and Turley as Chair of their Board of Trustees. I also support the Employee Ownership Association by presenting and facilitating at their key events.”
Along with the other shareholders of the business, the Lush EBT owns 10% of the Lush business. All permanent employees of the Lush Group are beneficiaries of the Lush EBT, and the 5 trustees look after the trust on behalf of all staff.
The five trustees are Independent trustee Helen Moreton, Co-Founder Mo Constantine, Director Karl Bygrave, and staff appointed trustees Wendy Winters and Julia Gritsch.
Meet the Trustees1 / 5
Lush Director, Shareholder and Board Appointed EBT Trustee
Karl Bygrave started his career with Constantine & Weir, a previous business venture from the founders of Lush, in 1983 as a trainee product compounder and has now been working for Lush for 24 years.
Karl has had a very colourful journey in the business starting with the set up of the Japanese business back in the early 2000’s. Karl also relocated to Australia for a number of years to re-organise the Australian business and introduce Lush into the New Zealand market. Along with his fellow colleagues, Karl managed Lush’s entry into several other international markets including The Middle East and Brazil, as well as often managing the fall out of many partner relationships and re-structures and even set up the very first Lush website!
Through his love for animals, has championed Lush’s non-animal testing work through The Lush Prize and Lush’s Human Cell Culture testing programme for almost ten years. Having worked in and managed many areas of the business including UK Mail order operations, International Regulatory Affairs, Legal, Emerging Markets and Intellectual Property protection, in Karl’s words ‘It is his job to remove any block or barriers to enable the company to do what it wants to do while managing the business risk’.
“I’m very touched to have been asked to be a trustee as I believe it is an important aspect of the business and important recognition of every member of staff’s contribution,” he says.
Lush Co Founder, Shareholder, Inventor and Board Appointed EBT Trustee
Mo Constantine co-founded Lush in 1995 with six co-founders including husband Mark and has been involved in the creation and manufacture of innovative beauty products for the past 25 years. Mo manages our manufacturing business and specialises in inventing solid, unpreserved and unpackaged products and was granted her first patent in 1988 for the invention of the resoundingly popular solid shampoo bar, although most commonly known as ‘inventor of the Lush Bath Bomb’.
Most recently, Mo led the team working on the concept and opening of our very first Fresh shop in Paris.
Helen brings with her 18 years of experience in retail employee ownership via the John Lewis Partnership. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Lush and Cosmetic Warriors as the new Independent Professional Trustee of your Employee Benefit Trust. Not only do I love your products, but I applaud everything you stand for. Doing work of meaning is of great importance to me and I have enjoyed a career of working with and for several purpose led organisations.”
Staff Appointed trustee
Wendy, is the representative for the UK. “I’ve been in the business across the last ten years. Firstly as a Christmas temp, I’ve been a shop manager, a product and brand trainer and now a retailer for the UK and Ireland. Throughout my whole experience my passion for lush has come from the people who work for our brand, it’s what made me want to work here in the first place! I truly think we have the most unique and amazing work force.
I’m interested in being a trustee as my politics and activism both in and out of the company are about equality, inclusivity and diversity. Something I’d always strive to improve and protect. Beyond that I am excited to offer all lushies the chance to be heard, shape our future and keep changing the world.”
Staff Appointed Trustee
Julia hails from Lush Austria and has been part of the Lush family since 2015. “I started as a Christmas Temp and after a few days of work I knew that I would like to work for this company longer After a while I became Supervisor of the busiest shop in Austria and in Summer 2019 I got voted as a Trustee, which means a lot to me! Lush is a beautiful place to work at and I want everyone to feel the same way. Even in difficult times we have to take care of each other. Staying connected is the key to be heard. As a Trustee I want to make sure that every voice is taken seriously.”
Karl says of Helen’s joining the Lush EBT Trustee Board: “We are delighted to welcome Helen to join us on the board of Trustees for the Lush Employee Benefit Trust. We are looking forward to working with Helen and drawing on her passion and experience in Employee Ownership to help positively guide our Employee Ownership journey.”
Helen continues: “As your new trustee, I will support the other trustees in being guardians of your Ethical Charter. In my independent space, I will use my experience and passion for EO to provide insight and perspective in order to stimulate debate and inform decision making for the benefit of the EBT and wider organisation. I truly believe that EO is a better, fairer and more resilient way of doing business, where many benefits can be achieved when the power of ownership is understood and leveraged. I very much look forward to sharing this knowledge and energy as your new trustee.”
Some facts about Employee Ownership and the Lush EBT:
- There are over 300 employee owned businesses in the UK
- That’s around 200,000 employee owners
- Lush’s EBT has 8,000 employee beneficiaries in the Lush Group
- You don’t need to do anything to be part of the Lush EBT, apart from be a permanent member of staff in a Group country
- You can find your local EBT representative here
- Read more about the Lush Employee Benefit Trust
- Read the Lush Ethical Charter