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