IIt is fairly common these days for companies to have directors charged with overseeing ‘worker engagement’, among other things.
Asking an existing non-executive board member to take care of it was the simplest and least radical option offered when former Prime Minister Theresa May decided to give staff a voice in the boardroom, but none gave the reforms teeth . So of course it was the one they were holding on to.
For the record, the others were: establishing a workers’ council (clunky); create a worker director (no, the horror!); or explain why you should be allowed to ignore the rules. The latter makes unnecessary fuss considering you always looked like a cop. So it has proven itself.