Quakers and Business Group
Promoting Quaker values in Business and the Workplace

Tribute to Stephen Lloyd

My tribute to Stephen Lloyd, Senior Counsel, Bates, Wells & Braithwaite LLP, law firm

Stephen Lloyd died on 20 August 2014, following a boating accident in Wales. This is a personal tribute from me as a member of the Quakers & Business Group. I recognise Stephen’s life vividly in the tributes of others, ‘his expertise, dynamism, creative intellect, wisdom, leadership, sense of fun and commitment to good causes’. Other tributes have recalled his personal qualities, ‘humility, kindness, gentleness, generosity, respect, humanity, charm, passion and insight’.

I remember working with Stephen on the Bill which became the Charities Act 2006, (now 2011) to help to ensure that the legislation was right for our sector. He was a joy to work with. We also worked together on the affairs of mutual charity and social impact clients. I like to think that our clients could not tell which of us was from Bates Wells and which from Mazars, as we worked seamlessly for their benefit.

Most recently, we were both non-executive directors of the Social Stock Exchange. I was appointed by one of the investors, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Stephen was the senior independent director, independent of the interests of the investors. I remember the huge contribution which Stephen made to the board’s work and the good humour and relish which he brought to our meetings.

Stephen was a member of Blackheath Quaker Meeting and a valued contributor to the work of the Quakers & Business Group. With others from the Group, he and I worked on questions of business ethics and morality. We worked up ideas for a new corporate business structure, which would mutualise wealth for the benefit of society and not privatise wealth for a small group of investors. For me, Stephen epitomised the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity, truth and justice. He lived these testimonies in his daily life. My sense is that his qualities and achievements, which have been celebrated in the tributes to his life, arose from and were nurtured by his Quaker worship and the Quaker business method, which Quakers follow in our dealings with each other. With others, I will take on the legacy of Stephen’s work, both within the Quaker community and more widely.

A Quaker publication, Advices and queries number 27 challenges and encourages us to ‘Live adventurously. Let your life speak’, which Stephen certainly did. We have lost a gifted lawyer, who achieved so much for charity and social enterprise in his professional life. He had a rich hinterland of family, friends, interests, passions and concerns. I have lost a dear personal friend, who I miss greatly. I feel privileged to have known him for as long as I have. I give thanks for the grace in the life of our Friend Stephen.

Stephen’s memorial service will take place at 11 am on 21 January 2015 at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square London. All are very welcome to attend and there is no need to RSVP.

Paul Gibson, member, Quakers & Business Group
September 2014