How do employee directors add value?

We want to collate views and experiences about workers on boards, and gain a deeper understanding of both the value and risks of making such a radical change to the composition of boards. 

If employees really are a company's best asset then they should have a major contribution to make in the boardroom.  Many other countries reserve a board position for a worker, so what's different about the UK?  We are particularly interested in hearing from board members, and from workers who would be willing to sit on the board of their organisation if given the chance.  Would worker directors inspire a culture change at the top of British business , or is there a real risk that they would delay decision-making or cripple discussions? Please tell us your views on: selection and election procedures; what it means to be a representative on a board; and how employee involvement affects confidentiality, board effectiveness and decision-making.