Prime Minister launches engagement task force

Last updated 5th April 2011

David Macleod and Nita Clarke pictured here at the Birmingham City Council 'Engagement 2.0 Event' in April 09

Engagement at Number 10

On the 29th March The Prime Minister gave his backing to a new independent Employee Engagement Task Force during a launch event at 10 Downing Street. The task force will be led by our colleagues David MacLeod and Nita Clarke. We have worked closely with David and Nita over the past 3 years as they researched employee engagement across the UK, and we are proud to be a leading case study in their first report for our BEST programme engagement here in Birmingham.

The Task Force will ensure that a range of practical opportunities are made available for organisations wanting to learn about engagement. It will share good practice, generate debate and offer support via a new website. It will build on the report ‘Engaging for Success’, which David MacLeod and Nita Clarke produced in 2009 for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Raffaela Goodby, HR Business Partner for Birmingham City Council, and lead officer on employee engagement said, "we are glad to support the continuing focus on employee engagement as a driver for improving our organisations' performance. We will be involved in the practitioner task force and look forward to contributing Birmingham's experiences to the national debate."


Nita (left) pictured here at Engagement Task Force launch with Prime Minister David Cameron


At the launch of the Task Force, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“This taskforce has my full support because I know that it will work to bring together two of my government's top priorities – delivering sustainable growth across the UK, and coming up with new approaches to help people improve their wellbeing.

“I think the public and private sectors can learn a lot from each other. This initiative fits well with our agenda of devolved power and authority and shows how effective companies can be when they feel empowered. I am delighted that the Employment Engagement Taskforce has come together to develop practical ways to help all employers learn from the best, to break down barriers to engagement and to raise the profile of this whole agenda.”

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