Branch Officers and Workplace Reps

UNISON has 1,200 branches in the UK. A branch is made up of all its members.

Our volunteer workplace reps play a vital day-to-day role in helping UNISON members.

They are organisers who talk to, recruit and organise members around workplace issues, hold meetings, undertake surveys and help run ballots. They give members information about union issues by publicising UNISON campaigns, distributing leaflets and keeping members informed about and involved in local negotiations. They are advisers and sounding boards, talking to members about workplace problems and – if they feel confident – giving advice on how to deal with these. Alternatively, they may arrange for the member to get advice or assistance from elsewhere in the union, or work with them to get the information they need. They are representatives and spokespersons for members in their workplace. Reps also act as a link between members, other union representatives and the national organisation. Where the union has a recognition agreement, stewards, health and safety reps and learning reps have a legal right to ‘reasonable’ time off for union duties. Good recognition agreements may also allow some time off for union activities – rather than duties – but with will depend on the particular agreement and employer. Support is available for UNISON reps from your branch and region, as well as more experienced colleagues, and every region runs training courses for reps throughout the year.

Find your Rep

Search for a Rep by your employer, workplace or name below. If you don’t currently have a workplace rep, why not speak to colleagues about electing someone. Find out more here.

Search for your local Workplace Representative here

Branch Officers

Members are elected by the workforce to fulfil different roles in the running of the branch. 

Your Bristol Branch Officers are: 

Paula Sharley

Paula Sharley

Branch Chair

Facilitates Branch and committee meetings.

Tom Merchant

Tom Merchant

Branch Secretary

The main contact person with the wider union who manages Branch administration.

Mark Munday

Mark Munday

Membership Officer

Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.

Claire Evans

Claire Evans

Equalities Co-ordinator

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

Teresa Crichton

Teresa Crichton

Communications Officer

Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media.

Rebecca Laine

Rebecca Laine

Disabled Members Officers

Organises and works to prioritise issues for Disabled Members at Branch and Regional level.

Barry Scrase

Barry Scrase

Co - Disabled Members Officer

Organises and works to prioritise issues for Disabled Members at Branch and Regional level.

Marius Jennings

Marius Jennings

LGBT+ Officer

Organises and works to prioritise issues for LGBT+ Members at Branch and Regional level

Georgie Crichton

Georgie Crichton

Women's Officer and Young Members Officer

Organises and works to prioritise issues for Women Members at Branch and Regional level

Debbie Clough

Debbie Clough

Retired Members Officer

Organises the Retired Members Section of the Branch

Georgia Ramsay

Georgia Ramsay

Black Members Officer

Organises the Black Members groups at Branch and Regional level

Laura Protheroe

Laura Protheroe

Labour Link Officer

Contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters

Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins

Climate Officer

Co-ordinates the union’s environmental agenda in the branch and build links and campaigns to stop climate chaos

Lynne Parfitt

Lynne Parfitt

International Officer

Develops and leads on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.

The following Branch Officer positions are currently vacant. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving more information about any of these roles. 

Vacant

Welfare Officer

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

Vacant

CVS Convenor

Senior reps in departments and sectors of the community and voluntary sector

Vacant

Treasurer

Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.

Vacant

Education Co-ordinator

Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and Branch officers.

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