National Executive Committee
The National Executive Committee (NEC) conducts the business of the union in line with the policies set by our national conference. It manages the union's affairs between conferences and normally meets five times a year. The powers of the NEC are laid out in Prospect's rules.
There are 28 working members, including four office-holders – the president, vice-president and two deputy vice-presidents (the ‘presidential team') – plus the general secretary. The general secretary has no voting rights. Senior Prospect staff may attend NEC meetings in an advisory capacity, but they have no voting rights.
In addition, two retired members are elected by the Retired Members' Group to attend the NEC as observers and advisers. They do not have voting rights.
Members of the Young Professionals Network (YPN) are also invited to each meeting to observe and experience how the NEC works. YPN observers are also allocated a mentor from the NEC to enhance their development.
The NEC is elected by working members from a list of candidates nominated by branches every two years. It serves from the conclusion of one national conference until the conclusion of the next.
The elected members do not represent particular branches or professions, but are elected to look after the interests of the whole membership.
The president, vice-president and deputy vice-president are elected every two years from among the voting members of the NEC by a ballot of branches at national conference.
The NEC has a number of sub-committees to help it conduct its business. Each of these may set up panels or working parties reporting to them on particular aspects of their work and some of them invite direct participation by reps from branches.
Who's who on the NEC
President: Craig Marshall
Craig works for EDF as a full-time lay official as Secretary to the National Joint Council.
He has been active at national level since 2003. He is chair of the committee for organisation, recruitment and education and sits on the finance and audit and pensions committees. Craig is also president of Electricity Supply Industry sector executive.
Vice-president: Eleanor Wade
Eleanor works for the Intellectual Property Office as a senior patent examiner. Eleanor was first elected to the NEC in 2014 and is particularly interested in equality and diversity.
Deputy vice-president: Neil Hope-Collins
Neil works for the Health and Safety Executive and was first elected to the NEC in May 2008.
Deputy-vice president: Ann Jones
Ann is also the president of the BECTU sector committee and was elected in 2016.
Freddie works for the Ministry of Defence as a photographer. He has been active at national level since 2000. Freddie chairs the equal opportunities advisory committee. He is also interested in training and health and safety.
Rebecca works for Sellafield Ltd as a site outage coordinator. She has been active in the Young Professionals Network since 2014 and on the NEC since 2018.
Rebecca is particularly interested in working with members and associated committees on matters that affect the most vulnerable employees under the Equalities Act, using her own experiences as a driving factor to make changes.
She likes the way the union learns from its various industries eg being able to take best practice from say the National Trust and putting it in place in BT or EDF Energy. She is also a key advocate of the YPN and wants to help promote, develop and support ne and existing YPN members to become more visible and active in the union.
Christine works as a commercial manager for BT. She has been active at national level since 2005 and sits on the BT committee. Christine is a dedicated case handler and is committed to supporting members.
She has a special interest in equality and diversity and wants to do more in terms of improving the engagement of new and existing members. Christine was elected to the NEC in 2018.
Mike has spent 40 years in the film and television industry as a researcher, director, producer and manager. He joined the BBC in 1977 and spent 23 years in departments including factual and learning, news and current affairs, BBC Worldwide and BBC technology.
He left the BBC in 2000 to join the freelance world and has created an award-winning independent film and television production company specialising in social issues and education programmes.
Mike, who is part of the BECTU sector's Writers Producers and Directors branch, is particularly keen on developing the skills of young people entering the industry.
Mike currently chairs the History Project which has more than 700 interviews with members of the entertainment industry dating back to the 1920s.
Steve works as a senior revenue assurance manager in BT’s Group HQ. He was elected to the NEC in 2018.
Steve is interested in financial governance and is actively engaged in organising, pay and reward, performance management, employee engagement and the international trade union movement.
He is a member of the governance committee of BT’s defined contribution pension scheme and sits on the NEC pensions sub-committee. He hopes to bring his strong commercial and negotiating experience to help members across the whole of Prospect.
Andrea works in the BBC branch of the BECTU sector and was elected to the NEC in 2016.
Alan works for the Ministry of Defence on full time trade union duties. He has been president of the MOD group since 1999 and sits on the civil service sector executive. Alan was Prospect president until May 2016.
Alan has a particular interest in Prospect membership levels and, specifically, how Prospect maintains its relevance in the workplaces we are represented in and beyond.
Steve works for the British Film Institute as a technical supervisor. He has been a member since 1985 and active at BECTU national level since 2013.
"We need to campaign to gain properly paid and meaningful contracts that allow our members to have decent, guaranteed hours and pay that allows for a decent work-life balance.
"We should be campaigning for a meaningful Living Wage for all members. We also need to campaign on the linked issues of housing costs, health – both physical and mental – and the culture of long hours working which affects all our members to some degree but has a disproportionate impact on those on the lowest pay and most insecure contracts.
Elinor works for EDF Energy and was elected to the NEC in 2018.
Jim Henderson works for the Forestry Commission as a mapping and geodata officer. He serves as branch convener, health and safety rep, Union Learning Rep and an equality and diversity rep.
He was first elected to the NEC in 2014 and is particularly interested in Scottish devolution and international trade unionism.
Jim is vice-president of the public services sector committee and has also served on, and chaired, Standing Orders Committees at branch, sector and nation level from 1998 to 2016.
Jim would like to do more to inform workers about how unions work and why they should join a union.
Gordon works for the Met Office as a Senior Business Partner. He has been active at a national level since 2010 and was first elected to the NEC in 2012. He is Prospect branch secretary at the Met Office and also chairs the union's health and safety committee.
Gordon is also interested in recruitment, STEM and member and membership development.
Tom works for BAE Systems as a senior electrical design engineer. He is branch president/secretary and has been active at national level since 2002.
He chairs the Defence, Maritime and Logistics Group and sits on the health and safety and pensions sub-committees.
Tom is interested in international development and is particularly keen to interest and educate younger members about pensions and planning for their future.
James works as a cyber security analyst in the defence industry and brings experience in science, technology, organising and campaigns, with a track record of volunteering in the trade union movement and his local community.
He has been active at national level in Prospect since 2010 and is particularly interested in:
- working with members who are scientists, technologists or who have specialised careers
- encouraging equality and diversity in our workplaces and representative structures
- protecting and strengthening opportunities, employment and working conditions for Prospect members
- moving forward with branding, digital communications and data science
- best practice and organising campaigns, training and services tailored to needs.
Andy works for National Air Traffic Services as a business support manager. He has been active at national level since 1998. Andy is particularly interested in:
- working with European and international colleagues on matters that affect UK workers
- developing Prospect members' and reps' capability
- how the union can use new technology and communications (eg social media/websites) and other ways to engage members more effectively and
- developing members to become the next generation of activists.
Satnam works for Rosyth Royal Dockyard as a radiation protection adviser. He was first elected to the NEC in May 2008. Satnam is particularly interested in Scottish engineering; health and safety; pensions; equality and diversity.
Steven works at Sellafield Ltd and was elected to the NEC in 2018.
Philip works as an IT manager for BT Technology Service and Operations. He has been active at a national level since 1997, in the former Connect union, and was first elected to the NEC in 2010.
Philip is particularly interested in organising, equal opportunities, women in STEM, performance management, employee engagement and reward systems.
George works for the Science and Technology Facilities Council within UK Research and Innovation (a non-departmental public body).
He is a software developer, maintaining and running a web portal that underpins analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider and other projects.
George joined the public services sector executive committee in 2017 and the NEC in 2018. He is particularly interested in public sector science policy and the impact of Brexit on Prospect members.
When he was growing up, Alan wanted to be a train driver and an active member in their union, ASLEF. After leaving school he worked for Lloyds bank. The branch manager told him he would never manage a bank because of his accent; the assistant manager described him as a barrack room lawyer.
Alan then worked for Customs and Excise where he was a union rep. After university he went to BT as a senior researcher looking at future networks. Alan’s aim is to make members’ working lives better.
Ian has worked as a senior mechanical engineer for ITV for 34 years and is based in Manchester.
He has been an active union member for approximately 17 years and at national level for six years. He was elected to the NEC in 2016.
Ian is interested in working towards better working lives for union members and encouraging members to be active in the union – particularly those who consider themselves less able to have any effect.
Ian brings many years of varied experience and wants to assist trade union prosperity in the future.
Gary works for Magnox Ltd, and was elected to the NEC in 2016.
Nigel is an environmental scientist who has worked for many years in public sector agricultural research and now works as an adviser, contractor and consultant. He has been an NEC member for more than 12 years and served as president of the union from 2010-2012.
Nigel has a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and maths funding and careers. He is also passionate about skills and continuing professional development. He has considerable pensions knowledge and is chair of trustees for Prospect's pension scheme.
Audrey works for Sellafield Ltd as full-time Prospect branch negotiations secretary. She previously worked in the company's finance department.
She was first elected to the NEC in May 2006. She is chair of the NEC pensions committee and sits on the finance and audit committee. She is a trustee of Prospect's pension scheme.
Audrey is particularly interested in energy policy, recruitment and organisation and pensions, as well as ensuring members get a high quality service with professional representation.
Tasos works for EDF Energy as a radiological analysis engineer. He has been active at national level since 1992 and has been on the NEC since 1995.
He sits on the finance and audit and pensions committees. He is particularly interested in members' services; subscriptions and energy policy.
Health and safety
Communications and campaigns
Science, engineering and sustainability advisory
Branch rules working party
Ann Jones (chair, presidential team)
Organisation, recruitment and education
Finance and audit
Ele Wade and Ann Jones (chairs, presidential team)