Branch Officers

UNISON has 1,200 branches in the UK. A branch is made up of all its members. Some members are elected by their workforce to play different roles, including:

Chair: Paula Sharley 
Facilitates Branch and committee meetings

Vice Chair: Vacant 

Branch Secretary: Tom Merchant
The main contact person with the wider union who manages Branch administration.

Treasurer: Mohammed Al-Bayatti
Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.

Membership Officer: Mark Munday
Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.

Communications Officer: Teresa Crichton
Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media.

Labour Link Officer: Laura Protheroe
Contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters

Health & Safety Officer: Paula Sharley
Campaigns around Health & Safety issues for the Branch

Education Co-ordinators: Kate Robins
Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and Branch officers.

Equalities Co-ordinators: Claire Evans
Work on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and LGBT issues. Co-ordinates Self-Organised activities in the Branch.

Disabled Members Officer: Vacant
Organises and works to prioritise issues for Diasbled Members at Branch and Regional level

Black Members Officer: Georgia Ramsay
Organises the Black Members groups at Branch and Regional level

LGBT+ Officer: Marius Jennings
Organises and works to prioritise issues for LGBT+ Members at Branch and Regional level

Women’s Officer: Georgie Crichton
Organises and works to prioritise issues for Women Members at Branch and Regional level

Young Members Officer: Georgie Crichton
Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the union.

Retired members Officer: Debbie Clough
Organises the Retired Members Section of the Branch

International Officer: Lynne Parfitt
Develops and leads on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.

Welfare Officer: Vacant
Makes sure that that members seeking welfare assistance receive a prompt, supportive and effective response.

Climate Officer: Ian Watkins
Co-ordinates the union’s environmental agenda in the branch and build links and campaigns to stop climate chaos

CVS Convenor: Peace Handovsky
Senior reps in departments and sectors of the community and voluntary sector

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