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National Executive Committee

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 Brown

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 Cummings

Rebecca works at Sellafield Ltd and was elected to the NEC in 2018.

Christine Danniell

Christine works for BT London East and was elected to the NEC in 2018

Mike Dick

Mike is part of the the BECTU sector's Writers Producers and Directors branch. He was elected to the NEC in 2016.

Steven Dickson

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 Gauld

Andrea works in the BBC branch of the BECTU sector and was elected to the NEC in 2016.

Alan Grey

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 Grey

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 Harrison

Elinor works for EDF Energy and was elected to the NEC in 2018.

Jim Henderson

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 Hutchinson

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 James

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 Leppard

James works for the Atomic Weapons Establishment and was elected to the NEC in 2016.

Andy Mooney

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; development of 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 Ner

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 Nicholson

Steven works at Sellafield Ltd and was elected to the NEC in 2018.

Philip O'Rawe

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 Ryall

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.

Alan Smith

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 Stewart

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 with him many years of varied experience and wishes to assist trade union prosperity in the future.

Gary Swift

Gary works for Magnox Ltd, and was elected to the NEC in 2016.

Nigel Titchen

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 Uppington

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 Zodiates

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.

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Sub-committees: 2018-20

Health and safety

NEC members
Gordon Hutchinson (chair)
Jim Henderson
Tom James
Ian Stewart

Lay reps
Richard Clatworthy (Western Power Distribution)
Steve Crothers (UKRI)
Catherine Donaldson (EFRA)
Mhairi Duffy (Health and Safety Executive)
Brian Lewthwaite (Ministry of Defence)
Ben Pye (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Bal Singh (BT)
Ken Trapp (National Grid)

Communications and campaigns

NEC members
Ele Wade (chair, presidential team)
Neil Hope-Collins (presidential team)
Ann Jones (presidential team)
Alan Grey
Andy Mooney
Steve Nicholson
James Leppard

Lay reps
Lloyd Collier (Diamond Light Source)
Richard Hogben (Met Office)
Paul Sharples (BT)
Debbie Wilson (Sellafield)
Barrie Worth (CMD General)
Plus YPN member to be confirmed

Science, engineering and sustainability advisory

NEC members
Neil Hope-Collins (chair, presidential team)
Becca Cummings
Elinor Harrison
James Leppard
George Ryall

Lay reps
Martin Aylett (BT)
Phil Brown (Met Office)
Aiden Dryden (EFRA)
Ayoe Buus Hansen (Met Office)
Andrew Meadley (Western Power Distribution)
Helen Snaith (UKRI)
Marcus Swift (Sellafield)

Branch rules working party

Ann Jones (chair, presidential team)
Neil Hope-Collins (presidential team)
George Ryall (NEC)
Ele Wade (presidential team)

Pensions

NEC members
Audrey Uppington (chair)
Christine Danniell
Steve Dickson
Tom James
Craig Marshall (presidential team)
Satnam Ner
Nigel Titchen
Tasos Zodiates

Lay reps
Tony Cox (CMD Regional)
Keith Flett (BT)
Jeff Rowlinson (Scottish regional)
Peter Lewis (Atomic Weapons Establishment)
Andrew Meadley (Western Power Distribution)
Plus YPN member to be confirmed

Organisation, recruitment and education

NEC members
Craig Marshall (chair, presidential team)
Alan Grey
James Leppard
Philip O’Rawe
Alan Smith

Lay reps
Lloyd Collier (Diamond Light Source)
Honey Lansdowne (BT)
Barbara Shepherd (Sellafield)
Mark Steele (BT)

Equal opportunities

NEC members
Freddie Brown (chair)
Ann Jones (presidential team)
Ele Wade (presidential team)
Neil Hope-Collins (presidential team)
Satnam Ner
Christine Danniell
Nigel Titchen

Lay reps
Amy Bishop (AWE)
Linda Ford (Scottish Research Establishments)
Alan Gooden (BT)
Claire Mulally (BT)
Rod Owen (UKRI)

Finance and audit

Ele Wade and Ann Jones (chairs, presidential team)
Neil Hope-Collins (presidential team)
Craig Marshall (presidential team)
Christine Danniell
Andy Mooney
Nigel Titchen
Audrey Uppington
Tasos Zodiates