Carole Leslie

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Carole has been a tremendous asset to Highland Home Carers’ 8 year journey in employee ownership, and continues to be so. A sounding board & adviser to me, a guide to our Board on EO matters, an influence on the EBT trustees in finding their role, the catalyst for the development of a Partner Representative Council. I do not believe we would be in such a strong place as an employee owned company if we had not had the opportunity to utilise her knowledge, experience and commitment

Stephen Pennington, Managing Director, Highland Home Carers

Carole has been involved in all stages of our employee ownership process – from the original vague idea to successful completion. She has provided, and continues to provide, much needed advice in a consistent and professional manner. Her obvious enthusiasm for the employee owned business model and the benefits it provides, together with her technical knowledge of the rules and regulations involved, are important factors in the continued development of employee ownership culture within our business.I would be happy to recommend Carole to any prospective client

Jim McManus, Commercial Director,  Clansman Dynamics Ltd

Carole has a comprehensive understanding of all of the various aspects of employee ownership. Her ability to present this in straightforward terms very quickly won the confidence and trust of board members and staff, and really helped the consultation process. I have no hesitation in recommending Carole to  any business considering employee ownership to gain a clear understanding of what’s involved and the factors to consider

Adrian Grant, Managing Director, The TAS Partnership Ltd

Carole was one of our initial contacts from the Employee Ownership Association and was the one with whom we had most contact during our transition. Carole’s involvement as an integral part of our team in our “Roadshow” programme of presentations to groups of employees in six depots around the North of England was invaluable and above and beyond what we expected. Since those presentations in 2008 Carole has maintained a close contact with the Parfetts business and is very much a friend to the company and to many of us. Her knowledge of and passion for Employee Ownership is second to none.

Steve Parfett, Chairman, Parfetts 

What Carole brings to her clients is an extremely valuable provenance.  She is probably the best informed, most articulate advocate for Employee Ownership in the UK.  She has been working right at the centre of this burgeoning sector for 10+ years and has the best established, most extensive connections with the people and organisations who really count – people who have high regard for Carole’s deep knowledge and overview of the sector … people who take notice and who get things done.

J. Mark Dodds, Peoples’ Pub Partnership

Carole has been a source of advice and guidance for our company for a number of years.  She has been instrumental in helping us achieve the success we enjoy today. She has won the trust and respect of our employee owners and we regard her as a member of our team

Fred Bowden, Managing Director, Woollard and Henry Ltd


Carole Leslie is an essential member of our Senior Executive Recruitment Team.  Carole’s background in employee ownership, combined with her experience as a recruitment professional is invaluable to Union Industries’ executive recruitment requirements.

In our search for our new MD in 2013 ,working in conjunction with another senior HR colleague and our Employee council,Carole provided a combination of specialist EO insight and practical HR skills.

We found Carole incisive and thoughtful in her approach to the evaluation and sifting process,all of which resulted in the appointment of a first rate person.  Carole’s easy manner makes her great to work with,and at the same time,disarmingly allows her to sift fact from fiction when speaking with potential candidates

Paul Schofield, Co-Founder and Chair of the Trustees, Union Industries