NEC election statements
Statements from members who have received branch nominations for the National Executive Committee are set out below.
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FREDDIE BROWN Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch
VINCE BUTLER London & South East Regional Branch
DAVID CARTY NATS Air Traffic Control Officers Branch
PETER CLEMENTS Sellafield Limited Branch
JANE COLCLOUGH BT Nottingham Branch
LLOYD COLLIER Diamond Light Source Branch
CATHERINE DONALDSON Environment Food and Rural Affairs Branch
GEOFF FLETCHER Health & Safety Executive Branch
ALAN GREY Ministry of Defence Head Office and Corporate Services (HOCS) Branch
JAMES HENDERSON Forestry Commission Branch
NEIL HOPE-COLLINS Health & Safety Executive Branch
DAVID HUNTER Scottish Government Branch
GORDON HUTCHINSON Met Office Branch
TOM JAMES BAE Surface Ships Branch
JAMES LEPPARD AWE Branch
CRAIG MARSHALL EDF Energy Branch
DENISE MCGUIRE BT London West Central Branch
ANDY MOONEY Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch
SATNAM NER Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch
PHILIP O’RAWE BT Development Belfast Branch
HEATHER PHILLIPS Department for Transport Branch
GARY SWIFT Magnox Nuclear Branch
NIGEL TITCHEN South West/South Wales Regional Branch
KEN TRAPP National Grid Branch
AUDREY UPPINGTON Sellafield Limited Branch
ELEANOR WADE UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
TASOS ZODIATES EDF Energy Branch
The ballot runs from Tuesday 8 March 2016 to close of play 6.00 pm on Tuesday 5 April 2016. All ballot papers must be returned to Electoral Reform Services by no later than 6.00pm on Tuesday 5 April 2016.
Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch
I am a Photographer in the Ministry of Defence and currently work in a Medical Tri- service training environment providing digital and moving images. I have been a member of the Union since the late 1980s and became more active around 1995 when I noted that some people, although they claimed to be fair, were not. I do believe that we are all equal despite our differences and my basic objective has always been to ensure that equality and fairness are high on the agenda. I continue to work towards this goal.
I have been a member of the NEC for about twelve years and I am the Branch President for MoD Joint Forces Command (C263) branch and currently Chair the Equal Opportunities Advisory Committee. I also serve as a member of the NEC Good Work Working Group and was active in the Civil Service Sector Executive. I have seen a number of changes within the organisations. We have had to face challenges with the reduction on our pay, pensions, working conditions and performance management with the danger of unemployment to name just a few. Within my own branch, we have had to reorganise splitting our branch so that we are more employer facing. However, this is not the end, there has been an attack on reducing facility time in the Civil service, but it has not altered my commitment to justice for our members when our employers get it wrong. We need to address key parts of the Civil Service and therefore emphasis should be focussed on recruiting and retention as a key goal in all areas. We all have an important part to play in that process.
It is imperative that the incoming NEC maintain our member’s interest and seek the best deal that is achievable and ultimately ensure we have a “Fallback Position”. I will endeavour to ensure that members' aspirations are met. I believe Prospect has a good reputation for being level-headed, pragmatic and have a rational approach for achieving its objective.
The NEC has an important role to play right across the board. We need to continue interfacing with the government and campaigning on a national basis. We must explore all avenues and deliver that professional edge. That is what we are good at and I hope that with your support, I will be able to continue to contribute towards supporting our member’s goals and maintaining political neutrality.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leicester Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch
London & South East Regional Branch
I have now served on the Prospect NEC for 11 years. I have also been a member of the Energy Supply Industry Sector (ESIS) Executive Committee for around 13 years as well as being a lifelong trade union member. I’m a self-employed Health, Safety and CDM consultant after 20 years in each of the UK coal industry and energy utility industry.
I have served as President of ESIS - June 2009 to June 2011 and chair of the NEC health & safety advisory committee 2010 to 2014 and now a branch committee member with the Prospect London and South East Regional Branch.
Caring for people at work in relation to their health, safety and wellbeing is my primary interest as a union member, union official and in my profession as a Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner.
In particular I have strong views on ensuring that all involved at work especially those in managerial, influencing and controlling roles have appropriate training, competence and accredited qualifications to manage their health and safety duties.
With the new sentencing guidelines for H&S offences due to commence 1st February 2016, it’s never been more important for those planning, controlling and managing other people to be ‘competent’ to do so.
I also believe that if the UK really does want a strong and buoyant economy then the Health and Safety Executive needs more inspectors and significantly more funding, though not necessarily through the fee for intervention (FFI) scheme already introduced.
Occupational Ill Health – the UK ratio between deaths from occupational ill health versus workplace accidents stands at around 380:1. Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) is likely to be the next big killer of working people. More research, education, enforcement is needed on RCS, Prospect can provide leadership for the whole of the UK from our enviable position within health and safety.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its associated Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) causes great concern as corporate profit becomes more important in international trade law than any sovereign law including social, employment, environment and health & safety. Some business opportunities will be created, however, a disaster if a sovereign government enacts any law that a big corporation determines affects its profit, that loss of profit must be paid for by the tax payer of the nation enacting that law.
Sound Money – Prospect must be in a position to take a lead in the debate within the Trade Union movement, onto Government and the wider UK to ensure the UK has sound sovereign money for the benefit and good of the UK and all its citizens, not just elites and bank owners. At present money is created out of thin air by banks when they issue loans, the profit from that money creation is for private individuals, but the losses are public. This can’t be allowed to continue.
I would really welcome the opportunity to serve into the future and build on my first 11 years experiences as a Prospect NEC member.
Nominated by: EDF Energy Branch, London & South East Regional Branch
NATS Air Traffic Control Officers Branch
I have been fortunate enough to have served on the NEC for the past ten years and seek your support for re-election. I am a long standing Trade Union representative, with a broad experience of Trade Unions and Industry throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
I have been an operational Air Traffic Control Officer with NATS for almost twenty five years, based at the Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre in Ayrshire. Prior to this I worked as an Electrical Engineer at a number of sites in Scotland in the Nuclear, Petrochemical and Shipbuilding industries. It was in these industries I gained my initial trade union experiences as a member and representative of MSF, TASS and the EETPU at various times between 1980 – 1991. I believe I can use this diversity of experience to help Prospect maintain and improve its position of strength as an independent and vibrant Trade Union.
During my service within NATS I have served a number of roles within Prospect, including Chair and Vice Chair of the NATS ATCOs Branch, I have been a member of the ATCOs Branch Executive for the past 20 years and have also been Chairman of the NTUS (NATS Trade Union Side), the body that brings together the two Prospect branches (NATS ATCOs & ATSS), with our colleagues in PCS. I was recently honoured with a lifetime membership award from my branch.
I was also the first President of Prospects Aviation Group and have had the pleasure of watching this group mature and develop Prospect’s policy on aviation.
Trade Unions within the UK face challenging times ahead and must modernise and adapt for the future. Membership levels have to be maintained and increased for us to have a greater voice in the workplace.
The success of a Union is the sum of the efforts of its members, lay representatives and full time staff. I believe Trade Union education is the key to its continued success, in particular providing education for representatives to enable them to cope with workload pressures whilst representing members effectively.
I seek your support to help take Prospect forward, to organise and build a better and stronger Union. As the government continues its austerity programme it is vital that we promote the identity of our Union. Improve communications with our membership and the safeguard our financial stability
We need a National Executive which can look to the future with confidence, whilst also recognising the need to change for the benefit of the union but most importantly for the benefit of our members.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch
Sellafield Limited Branch
As a time served Electrician, I have been a Trade Union member in the nuclear industry all my 35 yrs at Sellafield in Cumbria. I have been an IPMS/Prospect member for the past 25 yrs with full time facilities for the past 15, and I am currently the Sellafield Ltd Branch President as well as the joint Chair of our Company Consultation & Negotiation committee. Since taking up my full time role I have helped to set up the section and then Branch into more manageable groups, with a member’s only electronic bulletin board for fast circulation of information for our members. Along with my colleagues we have been able to build a strong membership base of around 4,800 members which has enabled us to develop into our own Branch, which makes Prospect the largest and most influential Union within Sellafield Ltd.
My Branch positions pre and post Sellafield Ltd Branch being formed has allowed me to represent members’ interests both within and external to the Company, including several Government departments, having on behalf of Prospect a particular influence in the terms of reference and development of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in preparation for their new role as owner of the Sellafield site and responsible for its operations through Sellafield Ltd. I consider myself to be an ambassador for Prospect and it is hopefully reflected in the professional way I conduct myself as a representative across all aspects of my role which currently includes my membership of the NEC.
I have been to the TUC on a number of occasions as a Prospect lay delegate, speaking at three, and see it not only as a valuable learning experience for me, but a chance to add my enthusiasm and drive to the delegation, which if re-elected I would also bring to the NEC. My experiences in these various situations have shown me that the challenges I encounter across the nuclear industry and its many workplaces are broadly the same as the issues facing many Prospect members in other industries including outsourcing, workload, stress and pensions and the trade union reform bill to name but a few. I believe my experiences in dealing with these issues will enable me to remain a valuable asset to Prospect membership through the NEC.
I believe all representatives should take full advantage of the union training available; indeed as part of my continuing development I have achieved a TUC diploma in employment law. I also wish to ensure that, whilst continuing its professional approach to member representation, Prospect continues to assist lay representatives, and recognises the important role that they play in our Unions success.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, EDF Energy Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch
BT Nottingham Branch
There is a belief that trade Unions are no longer needed or wanted; that necessary in the grim conditions of the 19th and early 20th centuries, in these affluent times (at least in the UK), they no longer have a role to play.
I do not believe this for a second; my 25 years as a union rep, if nothing else have shown that there is very much an essential place for unions, especially the sort of progressive union that Prospect represents and Prospect’s record of protecting the interests of its members is one to be proud of. Members know that employers, whether public or private sector, are not endlessly benevolent entities concerned primarily, or in some cases at all, with the welfare of their employees. Further, the current government’s austerity agenda impacts on all but the very wealthy.
I believe that we must continue to work hard to be relevant to members and to tackle issues that are important to them; I travel throughout the UK to listen to members’ views and concerns. I also know that we must devote time and energy to make the case for Prospect membership and recruit new members of all ages and this has been a major focus for me.
I am very hopeful that BECTU members will make the decision to join us as I am sure that both unions will be stronger for the merger, and that both unions have much to learn from each other. I have been a member of the CMD Sector (Connect as was) Executive Committee since 2001, the Sector President for 3 years and a member of the NEC for 6 years. I believe that with my experience and commitment I can still make a real contribution and so am seeking your support for re-election to the NEC.
I thank you for reading this.
Nominated by: BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Adastral Park C Branch, BT Central London HQ Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leavesden Branch, BT Leicester Branch, BT Northern Ireland Branch, BT Nottingham Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, BT South Wales Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, BT West Midlands Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Midlands Wales & West Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, DfT Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, Telefonica UK South Branch
Diamond Light Source Branch
I have worked in the field of radiation protection for twenty six years, first at AEA Technology, then AWE and now Diamond Light Source where I am Prospect Branch Secretary/ULR.
So what will you get if you elect me to the NEC?
- Someone who is committed to Prospect and is actively involved in the full range of Prospect Rep activities, whether that’s negotiating with the employer, running a recruitment stand, helping members with personal cases, organising a Learning at Work Week, arranging seminars, coordinating picket lines, facilitating coach transport to marches/rallies, Chairing the Prospect Harwell Network, sitting on the Civil Service Sector Executive, attending Oxford trades council or representing Prospect at TUC Congress.
- Somebody who has the depth of knowledge and understanding necessary to contribute to the effective running of the union; over the last eleven years I have studied and trained non-stop to develop my role as a Prospect Rep; I have completed numerous Prospect and TUC courses, have obtained a Diploma in Employment Law and most recently achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in International Labour and Trade Union Studies.
- Someone who believes that we can make a difference; from lobbying my local MP, marching through London/Manchester, speaking out on TV/radio, helping out in Prospect promotional videos/publications to ensuring Prospect has a visible presence at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.
- Somebody who has seen it from ‘the other side’; I have been working part-time on a two year Prospect project for the past eighteen months. This has given me an invaluable insight into how Prospect operates from a staff viewpoint.
- Someone who knows the challenges ahead; the ideological attack on trade unions from the current and previous government is relentless. The proposed Trade Union Bill contains some of the most restrictive elements of employment law in the Western world. Prospect has embarked on Prospect at Work, a campaign that aims to challenge the TU Bill and other proposed detrimental changes to the law. This will be a crucial campaign for Prospect.
- Somebody who cares about diversity within our union; I firmly believe that Prospect should be fully representative of our membership from top to bottom.
- Someone who is passionate about helping members to develop their careers; Prospect members are highly skilled individuals and deserve support from Prospect to help them to continue their own professional development. This is an area where Prospect can have a real, positive impact both on individual’s lives and on employer relations.
- Somebody who believes Prospect is leading the way as a modern, progressive union; to survive and flourish, unions have to adapt to the social, political, economic and legislative environment in which they operate. Being able to respond to these changes in an effective, reasoned and intelligent manner is one of Prospect’s great strengths.
If you entrust me with your vote, you can be assured of my absolute commitment to safeguarding our best interests as Prospect members.
Nominated by: AWE Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, Diamond Light Source Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, National Trust Branch, Science & Technology Facilities Council Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
Environment Food and Rural Affairs Branch
I am currently a Health & Safety advisor with Animal and Plant Health an Agency of Defra my main background is in field work.
I have been an active trade unionist for over 30 years.
I currently have 50% union time for Prospect and 50% day job.
Prospect faces the same issues as any other organisation around austerity. The continued drive to maintain subscription income in line with expenditure, the deficit in the pension fund, the rising cost of utilities, maintenance of property and salary levels whilst continuing to deliver a quality service to our members.
We need to be creative, diverse and innovative to attract a new generation of union members and nurture the “Young reps network “to help us. With the opportunity from social media Prospect is developing new ways of engagement with much success.
The need for a strong support network for our reps is more vital than ever as the stresses of members are passed on as the continuation of austerity takes hold.
POLA must be utilized to create that support and funded accordingly. We need to arm our reps to deal with the increased burden and stress on our members.
IN or OUT – A Major concern for Prospect will be the Europe question and whether the UK remains in the EU. Much of the Human rights, H&S, equality and diversity legislation is driven by EU directives. Much of the work we are involved in is driven by this and with a government that is driving through the Trade Union bill and its impact upon our TU rights, there is a lot of work for Prospect ahead. On a positive note we must refresh our memories with all the UK legislation that we have in place for many things including Health and Safety!
With so much attack on union facility time and the lack of active reps coming forward, we need to create a stronger engagement between large and small branches and explore more closely the value of geographical networks as well as interest based groups in order to share “ best practice” in both organisation and recruitment to name a few.
In times of austerity we must not forget our International Development work, and it is vitally important we encourage Branches in fundraising events to continue this.
Your new NEC will have many issues to overcome and tough decisions to make while balancing Prospect’s agenda
I hope you elect a new NEC that is balanced both in equality and diversity and ready to face up to the challenges ahead, for there are many. It is important to have a varied and balanced NEC to fully represent our membership.
Should you choose to support me, I commit to both you and our union that I shall continue to deliver as an NEC member and proud to do so.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leicester Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, EDF Energy Branch, EFRA Branch, Met Office Branch, National Grid Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch
Health & Safety Executive Branch
I have been an active, visible and committed trade union representative for over 25 years. During this time I have represented our union within and externally with other affiliated bodies predominantly the TUC and local trades union councils. I have carried out the following senior roles and activities;
- Played a senior role in the Civil service sector of Prospect for 10 years and am the current President of the Civil Service Sector – a role I have held for the last 4 years.
- Been the branch secretary of the Health & Safety Executive Branch for 8 years, acting as a lead negotiator and central member of the joint trade union committee.
- Attended the Yorkshire & Humber Regional TUC executive committee on behalf of all Prospect members in the region - a role I have had for 8 years.
- Represented Prospect at TUC Congress on several occasions, making contributions to debate and moving Prospect sponsored motions
- Previously served on the NEC.
As an active campaigner I have attended events, parliamentary lobbies, marchs and rallies called by Prospect, the TUC and the wider union movement and supported Prospect campaigns by organising events and meetings.
I have attend several reps training courses over the years and have also taught reps as a TUC lay tutor and Prospect branch officer. I have advised many members over the years and taken numerous personal cases
I have strong interests in H&S, campaigning, training and organisation and have pursued these interests professionally and on behalf of Prospect – lay member of Members Education and Development NEC Advisory Sub Committee (now known as CORE) and subcommittees of my regional TUC.
Within the Civil Service Sector I have proudly chaired and served alongside other committed reps on the executive committee during a period of unprecedented cuts, attacks and challenges. Although the government has relentlessly attacked our terms and conditions, Prospects respected profile and sound sector based leadership has enabled successful rebuttal of the worst elements of government policy including redundancy terms and pension changes, however there is much more to do in the years ahead and I am committed to leading the sector through this troubling period so that we emerge stronger and more determined.
My activism and experienced have enabled me to develop good leadership skills. I do not seek office for prestige, rather, I am standing as I believe I can make a difference and would be honoured to be re-elected to the NEC.
As a branch and sector leader, I am fully aware of the many challenges that the members within the whole of Prospect face. It is important that Prospect has a strong leadership to steer it especially during these times of strong political head winds, ensuring Prospect’s collective voice is both heard and listened to. I believe that I can play a part in ensuring that the NEC delivers this strong leadership and we carry on improving our collective strength, giving you the members a loud and influential voice
Nominated by: AWE Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Diamond Light Source Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, MOD: Air Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Trust Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
Ministry of Defence Head Off and Corporate Services (HOCS) Branch
I have worked in the Ministry of Defence for 43 years; serving an apprenticeship, working in the mechanical engineering field and progressing to a technical managerial position.
I have been a Prospect representative for 34 years and for 24 years was a Branch Secretary. I have been on the NEC since 1992 and am currently President. As well as chairing the Presidential Team and NEC I chair the Committee for Organisation, Recruitment and Education (CORE) and the Defence Maritime and Logistics Group, covering the private and public Defence Sector members. I have been MOD Group President for 17 years and member of the Civil Service Executive since 2011.
Within joint consultation machinery I have chaired TU Sides at site, division, and national level and remain the lead Prospect Representative on MOD Departmental pay and conditions negotiations.
This experience and my continuing activity at all levels of the union enables me to effectively engage in the governance role of the NEC while maintaining a clear understanding of the trade union context in which that governance needs to be exercised.
Prospect remains financially stable at a time when most other unions are struggling to maintain their financial base. Mergers have helped in that but so have effective organisation and recruitment and prudent financial management. We continue to be seen as a professional, dynamic and progressive Trade Union and have become the obvious union of choice for many – the ongoing discussions with BECTU are a clear example of this. I believe this is due to the leadership shown by your NEC, expertly supported and advised by Prospect’s excellent professional staff.
The industrial and political environment is, however, becoming increasingly difficult with attacks on employment protection, time off for TU duties and union subs collection at a time when employers are also attacking members’ pensions and T&Cs. Job reductions and redundancies in some of our key sectors mean membership levels have dropped and sustaining the level of service we currently provide, reversing the drop in membership and maintaining that financial stability is a serious challenge; a challenge we must and can meet. Branches are best placed to identify and grasp whatever infill organising opportunities are present and to reinforce the membership retention message but they must be fully supported. National initiatives such as the ‘Young Professionals Network(YPN); ‘Union for Life’, ‘Women in Stem’ and ‘Good Work’ campaigns and the ‘Member Recruit Member’ and Prospect Extra projects provide the environment for Branches to grow in membership and influence at a time when we can and must up our game for our members.
The NEC has decided that a major initiative is also required and the ‘Step-Up’ campaign will improve our effectiveness and further professionalise the support we provide to members. I would like to carry on playing my part in this and in taking Prospect forward as a member of your National Executive Committee and ask for your vote to allow me to do so.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT Leicester Branch, Big Lottery Fund (NOF) Branch, DSTL Branch, Defence Electronics and Components Agency Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Head Office and Corporate Services (HOCS) Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Hydrographic Office Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Land Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch
Forestry Commission Branch
I am a cartographer (now called a mapping officer), and for a while a photogramatrist, working for the Forestry Commission in Edinburgh. Before that I was a cartographer at the Directorate of Overseas Surveys in Tolworth. I have been a Civil Servant and a member of IPCS/IPMS/Prospect for 38 years.
As well as current Branch Convener, I have been Branch Secretary, Branch Standing orders Committee, Health & Safety Rep, Equalities Rep and ULR, I have served on (and at various points chaired) Prospect and Civil Service Sector Standing Orders Committees since 1998 until I was elected to The Civil Service Sector Executive in 2006. I am currently Vice President. I have attended more Prospect and sector conferences than I can remember and I have also represented Prospect at the STUC.
I was elected to the NEC in 2014 and, as well as NEC committee duties, have served on the Health and Safety sub-committee and the reconvened Scotland Committee. I have also represented Prospect at international level at the UNI Professionals & Managers Conference 2015 and will do so again at the UNI Europa Conference in 2016. I will also be representing Prospect at the STUC again in 2016.
Prospect is known as a union that ‘punches above its weight’. We have a reputation as professionals, both in our work and in our approach to trade unionism. Other unions look to us for expert analysis and well presented input. I believe we are one of the most democratic unions with one of the more logical structures and hierarchies.
As well as Prospect’s place in the wider trade union landscape and our place within the EU with an upcoming referendum, I’m interested in how we can communicate better within our organisation, particularly with regional and other large dispersed branches. I think too few of our members are aware of Prospect’s structure and how it all fits together. I also think that we are all a bit guilty of a certain amount of silo mentality. I would like to see a project to help inform those members who want it about how Prospect works and, in the process, improve any areas that could be better.
I would, therefore, like to thank those branches who have given me their nomination to serve on the NEC again and ask for your support in that re-election.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, DfT Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Scotland Regional Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
Health & Safety Executive Branch
I have worked as an HSE Inspector since 2000. In this time I have had professional dealings with Prospect members across several of our sectors.
Within HSE I was elected Branch Chair in 2007, and Chair of the joint TU side in 2011.
I have sat on Prospect’s NEC for 8 years, have tutored on Prospect training courses and been active on the following committees
- Finance and Audit, where our union’s budget is set and monitored.
- Health & Safety, where my professional knowledge has allowed me to inform Prospect’s lobbying work and speak at our reps conferences.
- Campaigns and Communications, speaking at Prospect Pledge events where member’s issues were put directly to MP’s
- Science, Environment and Sustainability, the main forum for members in scientific work. I have chaired this committee for two years. Over this time we have increased Prospect’s visibility, moving some meetings away from London, linking them with lunchtime events. I have taken members concerns, such as those raised in our recent survey of scientific and research members, directly to people such as the Government Chief Scientific Advisor and an EU project promoting Responsible Research and Innovation
I was on the working group that reviewed the format and content of the Biennial National Conference. I believe conference should promote links between reps. Introducing workshop style breakout sessions was one way of trying to achieve this.
I coach and mentor School Governors through the National College of Teaching and Leadership, and Trustees of charities. This work has taught me the importance of three questions when responding to challenges:
- Do we know what success looks like?
- How will we evidence success?
- When will we know if the plan isn’t working?
Questions I try to apply in my work on the NEC.
Over the coming years members will face increased challenges. We will need to be clear what members need from a trade union in the 21st Century. It is the NEC’s job to make sure that we have the right people with the right skills, knowledge and experience to give that support.
For me, success will be a growing union that provides a respected and credible collective voice. A union that takes a flexible approach to new challenges, one that starts with clarity about what a good outcome might be and applies rigour in honestly assessing our impact.
Evidence of success will be; increasing membership, members who collaborate across sectors to support and lobby collectively, a track record of supporting strategies that work and stopping those that don’t.
Prospect’s greatest strength is the range of members we represent. Our members are the specialists, the experts in their areas, this is our identity. The range of areas continues to grow and we must carry on using the skills and experience of members to inform and develop our strategies.
Whoever you elect onto your NEC will not be able to do this without you, the membership, all of you. You are the Union.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, CMD South Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, Met Office Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
Scottish Government Branch
Who am I?
I’m full-time, on an internal secondment, Branch Secretary of the SG Branch. Before that I was a Senior Policy Advisor in SG. Previously I worked in other policy areas, procurement, CEO’s Private Office and had two successful secondments to The Princes’ Trust, where I ran their Development Awards Programme in Scotland and the Church of Scotland where I led for them in relation to Credit Unions and Ethical Finance.
What have I done?
I joined CPSA Union on my first morning at work as an AA (A3) 25 years ago and joined our BEC the day my probation finished. I have held many union posts since, notably spending nine years as the full-time Chair of the Scottish Court Service Branch of PCS, where I looked after 850 members. I joined Prospect last January after finally admitting defeat in the bid to save PCS from political extremism and ill-judged industrial action. In February 2015 I was elected to my current post to and was re-elected this year.
What do I stand for?
I believe Prospect to be a union for people of all politics and of none. It concerns itself not with bringing down governments or pontificating on foreign policy nor in indulging in futile and ill-supported strikes which only damage the members. I came into Trade Unionism to fight for better terms and conditions, to ensure fair treatment and equality. To fight bullies and to take on and overcome incompetent and / or ruthless management. To be a sword and shield for our members. I want to play my part in ensuring that Prospect continues to be about people not politics and to fight for an efficient, well-organised union that will achieve the most favourable outcomes for its members. I am a problem-solver and am known for developing creative and imaginative solutions. I believe my experience and skill set can contribute to the work of the NEC in developing policy and driving this forward.
What qualifications do I have?
Master’s Degree (MA) in Industrial Relations & Employment Law from Keele University (2003) where I was taught by such as Professor Frank Burchill OBE and Professor Roger Seifert.
Why elect me?
I can bring to the table my detailed knowledge of how The Scottish Government has managed to operate differently from Departments “Down South”. In many respects this demonstrates a more human approach to staff relations and I believe a case can be made that it delivers better outcomes than the draconian approach adopted by others. I have also worked successfully in the Third and Private Sector. In my policy role I “managed the accounts” of very senior Private Sector stakeholders. I have as part of our branch two major scientific stations and am very familiar with issues specific to that discipline. I therefore offer a varied set of experiences and perspectives. If elected I will work hard and with purpose to contribute to Prospect’s continued national success.
Nominated by: Scottish Government Branch
Met Office Branch
As an active member of the Prospect NEC for the last four years and a nearly full time (as far as Government rules allow) Union Representative and Branch Secretary (H115 Met Office) for most of that time. I think it is essential that we continue to represent you, the members of our democratic, pragmatic and focused union in the way you want and have defined via NEC election and the Prospect National Conference decisions. As civil service facility time guidance has restricted official time and so increased the amount of time I personally voluntarily give to Prospect, that alteration in balance has not altered my very strong belief that what Prospect does for us is essential and so my input has a value for members, that I wish to maintain.
Having moved gradually (serving my apprenticeship?) from being a member of Prospect active at a national level, through elected membership of NEC and its subcommittees over the last seven years. To being additionally elected to be the chair of the Health and Safety NEC subcommittee in 2014. I have increased and refined my input into Prospect. It is becoming more and more essential that we use all of our business and service acumen to challenge the inconsistencies between what the Government say and does. It is not an ideological or a political tribal issue, it is a fight to maintain and enhance terms and conditions that Trade Unions have fought for all of their existence.
I would like to continue that application of knowledge on your behalf.
The skills I have and which I believe are to your advantage are evidenced by my working roles, attribution being split between being a senior project manager and senior HR business partner (TU Representative). Those skills and my engineering and scientific background help me to provide considered constructive apolitical input into Prospect.
I have continued to represent you on the NEC Health and Safety (as Chair) and CORE (Organisation Recruitment and Education) sub committees since the last National Conference using both my experience and feedback from members, to ensure a robust challenge to externally enforced change. We also work in those groups and the NEC to suggest improvements where we can, to support Prospects aims of improve representation, working conditions, skills and increased union strength.
In the present challenging political and financial environment we need to continue to provide additional information into those arena’s, building on the clear evidence that we all have provided so far, to continue challenging the assumptions made by others that they know best? We clearly and demonstrably, have the scientific, technical, professional and management skills within our membership to provide, a reasoned alternative to their assumptions, ably supported and guided by our full time staff.
I would like you to support me in my wish to continue to assist in the effective governance of our union by re-electing me onto the Prospect National Executive Committee for a third term and additionally considering my nomination to the Presidential team.
Nominated by: AWE Branch, Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT Leicester Branch, CMD Midlands Wales & West Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
BAE Surface Ships Branch
I am a Senior Electrical Design Engineer for BAE Systems; I have been associated with Defence for most of my adult life having spent 22 years in the Royal Navy and 18 years at BAE.
I have been a PROSPECT Representative and Branch Secretary since 2002 and I am also a PROSPECT Health & Safety Representative.
As part of my role on the current NEC I am a member of the Pensions Advisory sub-committee and the Health & Safety sub-committee; these are activities which are close to my heart.
I was a member of the PROSPECT Shipbuilding Advisory Committee until its dissolution in favour of the Defence, Maritime & Logistics Group of which I am a founder member.
I fully support the proposed merger with BECTU, which I believe will serve to strengthen both Unions, which is particularly important to me as my son is a member of BECTU.
In my opinion, Prospect has come a long way in recent years in improving the services to members and the ‘Step Up’ programme will continue this trend.
I believe I have been an effective and proactive member of the NEC, therefore I am seeking your support for re-election as I would like to continue to represent the membership in providing governance of the Union, and to support the Officers of the Union in their endeavours on our behalf.
Nominated by: BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Devonport Royal Dockyard Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Met Office Branch, MOD: Air Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Scotland Regional Branch
As an IT specialist, I enjoy a varied and interesting career as well as being in a position to work as Branch organising officer and lead an influential organising committee. Beginning in my twenties, I have enthusiastically represented colleagues for over 10 years and now feel it is the right time to ask you for your vote so that I may represent you on the NEC.
- Served for the last 6 years on NEC sub-committees: Science, Engineering and Sustainability and Organising, Recruitment and Education
- Represented Prospect at Tolpuddle festival and Committee for Radioactive Waste Management
- Spoke or facilitated at Prospect conferences and workshops
- Took part in Prospect’s review of learning services
Track record of organising in the workplace
- Awarded Prospect’s 2015 individual recruitment & organising award, and AWE joint winner of the Branch award
- Branch membership increased by 300 in 18 months
- Developed network of local representatives and recruited Branch Council representatives after many left
- Defended defined benefit pension scheme from closure
- Raised profile of Prospect amidst the threat of an employee forum
- Engaged with members and non-members alike to build support to influence the employer
Community organising and lobbying
- Chaired panel debate and lead a campaign for Winchester Trades Council
- Worked with and lobbied politicians at all levels irrespective of political party
- Local community voluntary experience
- Persuaded my MP to support the Prospect Pledge
Strength in diversity – the Prospect networks bring together members with similar interests across our workplaces. I promote Branch campaigns to raise awareness of Women in STEM, disability and the environment. At the same time, the YPN is providing members at an early stage of their career at AWE with the opportunity to network and learn more about the defence industry. I have developed effective local partnerships with Unite, the National Autistic Society, environment groups and Lighthouse Financial Advice.
Knowledge and Commitment – I place great value in the work of our talented and experienced workplace representatives and union officers, their perseverance being essential to the continued smooth functioning of the union. Having deputised for several Branch officers and attended a number of Prospect courses I have a broad appreciation of this work that must be done day in and day out. It is for this reason that I place so much emphasis on bringing members and Prospect officers together to share best practise, promote union renewal and develop the capabilities and resilience of lay representatives. Having seen this approach in action at first hand, I know that it is delivering high quality, cost effective and accessible training, close to Prospect workplaces.
If elected to the NEC I will
- constructively scrutinise Prospect business in the best interests of members
- champion recruitment and organising to increase Prospect’s strength in our workplaces
- seek positive opportunities to raise the profile and diversity of Prospect within Branches
- look to make greater practical use of regional networks and resource sharing to mutual benefit
- support representatives to develop their capabilities and share best practise
Nominated by: AWE Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Adastral Park C Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, DSTL Branch, Diamond Light Source Branch
EDF Energy Branch
It has been my privilege to be a member of Prospect’s NEC since 2002. In that time we have seen significant change and challenge, none more so than in recent times, with members across our diverse work environments having to continually adapt to prevailing circumstances.
The NEC has a responsibility within the governance of our Union to ensure that the needs of all of our members are continually at the forefront of our decision making process and that we ensure that we have a strong, focussed organisation that is relevant and available to the membership.
To allow this to happen we need; -
• an NEC that is democratically elected and representative of our diverse membership base
• to have a sound financial platform
• to have a stable membership base with growth potential
• to be both proactive and reactive in ability to support members
• to be viewed as the Union of choice
Taking each of these in turn, we are very fortunate that we have members who are willing to stand for the NEC, please reflect on their election addresses before voting, it is only by exercising your right to vote that we can continue to function in this manner.
Any organisation has to be financially secure to enable it to operate, Prospect is no different and has a very pro-active Finance and Audit Committee who constantly scrutinise the income and expenditure statements along with being an integral part of forecasting. I have been a member of this Committee for eight years.
Recruitment and retention of membership has to continue to be one of our main focusses to ensure we provide the services required and expected. This continues to be reviewed and challenged and projects such as "Step Up" reflect this.
By the nature of its workload, Prospect has to be able to react to situations as they develop. The only way that this can be delivered is to have enough highly qualified and trained staff and representatives working together effectively to meet the demands of the membership. This is positively managed although at times this has some healthy tension.
Prospect has taken on the challenge of being the Union of choice, and we have started to look at inventive ways of “marketing” ourselves, to be relevant to the modern day workforce.
We are currently exploring areas where we can work jointly with employers, academics and other Trades Unions through our Good Working Group which I chair.
In summary it is essential for Prospect, through the NEC to continue the work it has started to make us relevant to our membership and to make us their Union of choice.
Many thanks for reading my address please use your vote and help to take Prospect forward.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Scotland Regional Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch, UK Power Networks Branch
BT London West Central Branch
I seek re-election to the NEC, firmly believing I combine experience, enthusiasm, dedication and drive with an inclusive leadership approach. I strive to make a real, positive difference for Prospect members in their workplaces and I would like to continue that endeavour.
Experience: I am Prospect’s Vice President, formerly President of a sister union. Major achievements included leading a project to make us more effective and more responsive to members; growing from 11,000 to 20,000 members and gaining recognition in Vodafone. I have been active in the union all my working life, holding senior posts at branch and national level. I am also a pension trustee.
Enthusiasm: I am as enthusiastic now about union values as I was when I first became a rep. I am very clear that joining a union is the best decision working people can make and I know that unions do excellent work to make the UK – and the world - a better place. Communicating and asking people to join the union are in my blood stream.
Dedication: Throughout my career, I have combined union work with a significant job for my employer, being subjected to the same pressures at work as colleagues and giving freely of my own time to ensure that members’ concerns and interests are vigorously pursued. I refused a personal contract and was a key player in the campaign that returned 6,000 personal contractors back into collective bargaining. I established a women’s network and networks for minority groups at work.
Drive: I lead our work on:
- Professional Women – building a relationship with the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and producing joint guidelines to assist women to remain in STEM careers. This work was showcased by the IET President in her inaugural address and has attracted much publicity in the specialist press. Next is a “returners” project.
- Neurodiversity - building contacts and expertise, writing guidance and outlining a revamped website (to be launched shortly) to assist members and reps.
In the merger talks with BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematographic and Theatre Union) I led on the sector rules. If merger proceeds I will continue to do all I can to ensure a warm and welcoming approach.
Our Industries: I strive to understand the challenges faced by members across the union, attending meetings of sector executives, aviation and Aspect (education) groups. I have reached out to branches, making visits, chairing an external event for heritage, supporting Prospect campaigns and showing solidarity with members and retired members.
Internationally, I ensure that Prospect punches above its weight - I am the World Women’s President of UNI Global Union – representing 10 million women in the skills and service sectors around the world. In that role I have lobbied the United Nations and spoken at their side events. I have brought issues, (e.g. the gender pensions gap) back to Prospect to help our members.
Thanks to the branches that have nominated me. I will do my best to live up to your expectations.
Nominated by: BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Adastral Park C Branch, BT Central London HQ Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leavesden Branch, BT Leicester Branch, BT London West Central Branch, BT Northern Ireland Branch, BT Nottingham Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, BT South Wales Branch, BT South Yorkshire Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, BT West Midlands Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Midlands Wales & West Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, Diamond Light Source Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, Met Office Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Scotland Regional Branch, Scottish & Southern Energy Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch, Telefonica UK South Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch, University of Greenwich Branch
Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch
I am seeking re-election to the NEC after 18 years service on your behalf.
I became a union member in 1987 when I joined NATS (National Air Traffic Services) as an engineer. Active as a representative for 25 years, I have served as Branch Secretary and with the NATS’ Trade Unions at national level for over 20 years.
I am immensely proud to serve and to say that I belong to Prospect and believe members should be proud to say this too.
In order to maintain the health of the union, we must continue our focus on recruitment and retention and be prepared to ask ourselves the difficult questions about why some members choose to leave. Prospect must find new ways to engage both members and potential members in our employers, and in particular we must focus on recruiting the younger generation who will provide our activists for the future.
A member of the NEC Campaigns and Communications committee, I am keen that Prospect embraces new technology for the benefit of the union and its members. I have supported the adoption of Social Media by Prospect and am actively involved in the development of our website strategy having previously implemented a branch website. I have previously sat on both the Member Education and Development Committee and the former Equal Opportunities Advisory Committee.
As a member of the Finance and Audit Committee since 2008, I believe that Prospect manages the union finances wisely making the most effective use of our limited resources. However, Prospect should continue to invest in maintaining the capabilities of the union and its representatives, after all it is our lay representatives in the workplace who are the first point of contact in times of need for most members. I believe in the importance of the Union's Education Programme, an essential part of equipping representatives to provide the services that members deserve. Prospect must continue to develop innovative ways of supporting our front-line representatives, many of whom have limited facility time and spend significant amounts of their own time on Prospect activities - it is our duty to provide our Prospect representatives with quality tools and resources and to ensure that their commitments are manageable.
The challenges that Prospect and the wider Trade Union movement face under the current government are unprecedented. I believe that with the right leadership, strategy and focus on delivery that Prospect can rise to that challenge. We also have exciting opportunities to renew the union through the proposed merger with BECTU and the ‘Step Up’ programme to continue to build and develop the capacity and capability of the union.
In these challenging times, we must continue to lead the trade union movement in our professional, mature and responsible approach to issues, which sets Prospect apart from others.
I would be honoured to be re-elected to the National Executive Committee for a further term of office.
I urge all members to use their vote and ask for your support.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch
I am currently chair of the Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch. I have served the NEC since 2008 and I seek re-election.
For the past 30 years I have worked as scientist and manager with Babcock Marine at Rosyth. I have been a lay rep for Prospect and its predecessor unions for close to all of this time and I have been Branch Chair for the past 10 years. I especially value the grassroots work that this entails in growing our union by listening to and supporting our members, developing our next generation of representatives and ensuring that Prospect continues to have a strong visible presence in the workplace. By demonstrating the value of Prospect, our Branch membership grew by an average of 10% each year for the past 5 years. In recognition of this work, my branch was co-recipient of 2015 Prospect Recruitment and Organising award.
I am also a long-serving member of the Scottish TUC General Council and am heavily involved in the work of the STUC Black Workers' Committee, onto which I have been elected for an unbroken period exceeding 17 years. In recognition of my extensive equality work, I was recipient of the 2010 STUC One Workplace Equality award.
My commitment to Prospect specifically and the trade union movement generally is evident in the length of time and the range of positions that members have entrusted me with, through the democratic processes that are at the core of unions. My aim is to continue being an ambassador for Prospect and an advocate for the role of unions in the modern workplace.
The NEC must be a diverse team. It needs not only a mix of experienced and new members, but also a mix that reflects our membership base. One that can collectively fulfil the governance and coordination roles required for the effective running of a modern and progressive union such as Prospect. It will be my intention to focus my NEC contributions specifically in the areas of equality and pensions, as this is where I have built up considerable expertise. Both of these areas are vast but particularly critical just now, as the current climate of austerity continues into another term. The Trade Union Bill, when enacted will only result in growing inequality and increasing uncertainty amongst our membership. Our challenges in terms of mitigating its effects will need to be sustained and robust.
During the lead up to the Scottish Independence Referendum I was involved in the ongoing work on behalf Prospect members who live and work in Scotland and was showcased at our 2014 biennial delegate conference. As the 2016 Scottish National Election draws closer, this work now continues through my role on the reconstituted Scotland Committee.
I have outlined my wide-ranging experience and track record as a trade union representative. I have demonstrated my long-standing commitment to our union and our movement. I have stated my priorities for the future of Prospect and its members. I now seek your continued support.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leicester Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Devonport Royal Dockyard Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Scotland Regional Branch Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
BT Development Belfast Branch
I am standing for re-election to the NEC because I wish to continue to make a valuable contribution to the interests of members across Prospect.
I have been a union rep representing managers and professionals for nearly 25 years. I am currently an IT manager working for BT Technology, Service & Operations. I combine this role with a large variety of work for our members, including:
- Representing them on divisional and company-wide committees
- Supporting them in individual personal cases
- Working on reps’ development and education
- Strengthening the union’s organisation, particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In my national-level union work I focus particularly on:
- Recruitment and organisation
- Member services and communications
- Protection of vulnerable workers
- Use of technology to improve the services the union provides to members.
I have also represented the union at international level on many occasions.
I play a leading role in the Northern Ireland reps’ network which seeks to support and develop local representatives in their role such that members get the best possible service from the union. This has delivered benefits such as frequent local Prospect training courses, better sharing of experiences between reps across various parts of Prospect, and improved engagement between local reps and national-level union officers.
I see the union’s priorities for 2015-2017 as being driven by members’ changing experiences in the workplace, many of which are driven by an anti-employee agenda which seeks to deprive employees of a voice. Whether in private, public or third sector, our members are generally under increasing pressure in terms of amount of workload, employer expectations and performance management. Prospect is often our members’ only protection against this pressure and it is vital that we maximise the support we give them.
During the term of the next NEC, it is likely that we will merge with BECTU, which I see as a very welcome development – both in strengthening Prospect and reflecting the convergence of communications, IT and media industries. I intend to work hard to ensure a successful merger and so, for example, am already engaged locally in developing relationships with senior BECTU reps.
It is very clear from my management role in BT and my work with reps across the union that Prospect has a vital role in supporting members and being an effective advocate for good practice in the workplace. This role can be undertaken most effectively by harnessing all the resources that we have at our disposal, and ensuring that all our members have access to high quality support and advice from the union. I believe that I have a very good track record in this regard, and that my re-election to the NEC will help in ensuring that our lay leadership is made up of people who have a strong commitment to members across Prospect and have a recognised track record in building the union.
Thank you for reading this and I hope that you will support me with your vote.
Nominated by: AWE Branch, Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, Aspect Group Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Adastral Park C Branch, BT Central London HQ Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leavesden Branch, BT Leicester Branch, BT Northern Ireland Branch, BT Nottingham Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, BT South Wales Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Midlands Wales & West Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, NIE Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch, Telefonica UK South Branch
Department for Transport Branch
I am seeking re-election to the Prospect NEC because I have the skills and experience needed to continue to play a full part in the governance of this Union. After serving for 8 years on the Executive Council of Connect until it merged with Prospect, I am honoured to have been elected to the Prospect NEC since 2010. In these six years, I have made positive contributions to its work on finance and audit, science, aviation, engineering, technology, sustainability, pensions, campaigns and communications. I am also pleased to have served on the union's Civil Service Sector Committee since 2013, and to have represented the union several times at the Trades Union Congress and Women's TUC.
I became a union member when I started work with BT 25 years ago, becoming active in STE, a predecessor of Connect, 5 years later. I remained active following the de-merger of O2 from BT and have fulfilled most union roles from branch committee member to chair of an NEC sub-committee. I was also a Connect Trustee from 2003 until the merger in December 2009.
In 2010 my career took a different direction and I became a member of the Department for Transport Branch, now working in traffic technology for Highways England. I therefore have experience in both the public sector and the private sector and I have also helped members in unrecognised areas by providing representation in personal cases.
Away from the Union, I'm a governor of a Primary School, and specialise in Finance and Personnel issues. I've also chaired the UK Nominations Committee of a large charity. This role included identification of skill shortages, encouraging sufficient candidates for Board and lay leadership, and short-listing and recruitment to governance positions.
These are increasingly difficult times for members in all areas of the union: public sector workers continue to suffer attacks by the government: reductions in pension rights, pay falling in real terms, ending of pay progression leading to discriminatory pay inequalities, the redundancy pay “cap” hitting those on modest incomes and other conditions under threat.
Members working in the private sector have also suffered attacks on their pension rights, redundancies in many industries and increasingly insecure and uncertain futures. This has been compounded by the government's attacks on all workers' rights, particularly in the Trade Union Bill which seeks to prevent unions working effectively in their members' interests. If re-elected, I will continue to represent and fight for all members, including those in areas not yet lucky enough to have trade union recognition.
Finally, my thanks to all Branches who have shown their support by nominating me. I will continue to use all my best efforts in representing you and your members.
Nominated by: BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Adastral Park C Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leavesden Branch, BT Leicester Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Midlands Wales & West Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, DfT Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, London & South East Regional Branch
Magnox Nuclear Branch
My name is Gary Swift I have been in the nuclear industry with Magnox Ltd for the last 30 years, I am currently a Shift leader at Berkeley site in Gloucestershire and have been involved in the trade union movement for all my working life and as a Prospect representative for 8 years.
I currently sit on the Electricity supply industry sector committee & Nuclear development group for Prospect nationally and the BEC & joint council for Magnox, representing and supporting local & company wide Prospect members with their day to day issues.
The company is currently going through a difficult re-organisation, during which I have been heavily involved in developing, through negotiation & consultation, processes that are acceptable to the company and fair and transparent to our members.
During my time with Prospect I have honed my negotiating skills and now wish to become more involved nationally, helping others by passing on my experience gain over the years and the lessons learnt through the recent restructuring, especially with regards to communications and interaction’s with members.
I am particularly interested in Equality & Diversity, all our members deserve to be treated with dignity & respect, developing communications between our full time staff and part time representative’s, promoting Prospect as a voice of reason both locally & nationally and encouraging TU membership.
I firmly believe that to be an effective union now and in the future we have to develop a younger membership base with effective succession management, encourage members to participate in the initiatives being developed, promote diversification and advertise our competitive membership rates to encourage younger members from all professional bodies.
The NEC will play a major part in ensuring that we remain connected to our members, continue to be at the forefront of influencing policy changes for the benefit of the members and ensuring our members have a voice through constructive consultation and influencing with all national parties.
I believe that I have the drive, knowledge and experience to help deliver for the benefit of our members.
Nominated by: Magnox Nuclear Branch
South West/South Wales Regional Branch
I am deeply honoured to have served you as President of Prospect from 2010 to 2012 and also as a member of the NEC over the past decade. I am once again seeking re-election to the NEC to continue the work of developing a strong and sustainable union, for all Professionals and Specialists.
The Government’s austerity programme has had far reaching implications for our members and their families. Government policies, cuts and pay restraint have impacted directly on Prospect members, whether working in the public or private sectors, as the economy has faltered and living standards have fallen.
During these difficult times, I am proud that Prospect has played a leading role in opposing cuts, proposing alternative strategies and helping members weather the storm. However, there is still much to do – we need to continue the fight to protect member’s jobs, wages and pensions across the economy.
The continuing attacks on Trade Unions over the past few years has led to enforced changes to “facilities agreements” in many employers and these have created uncertainty and change for many of our activists – I personally have been amongst those affected and had to radically rethink my own future. For many years I was a Research Scientist working for the BBSRC, until my facilities time was withdrawn and I was made redundant. Consequently, I have been forced to take a leap into the unknown and develop a new career, working as a consultant, contractor and adviser for multiple employers. This pattern of work is becoming increasingly commonplace and I believe we need to review Prospect’s service provision to better represent and support our rapidly changing membership.
We also need to rethink how we support our representatives and I believe that I can use my own personal experience of large and small employers to help Prospect be more effective in the workplace. As Chair of the Prospect Pension Scheme with considerable experience in Negotiations, Skills, Training, Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety issues, I believe I have the knowledge and drive to make a difference.
Prospect holds a unique position in the Trade Union movement, respected by politicians, employers, and wider society, for our principled and professional approach. We must build upon this and strengthen our links with politicians from all parties, in all nations, and build alliances with other trade unions, wherever our interests coincide. The proposed merger with BECTU is a good example of this approach.
Recruitment is of paramount importance - It is vital that we remain strong in every workplace - therefore we must redouble our recruitment efforts in both “infill” and “greenfield” areas, particularly amongst young workers.
There will undoubtedly be many challenges in the coming years; however I believe there will also be opportunities to build a stronger Prospect, which can protect and enhance the interests of its members.
Therefore, I am seeking your vote, because I believe that I have the experience, knowledge, energy and commitment to help steer our union through the many challenges ahead.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD South Branch, DfT Branch, EFRA Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, Met Office Branch, National Grid Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch
National Grid Branch
I have served on the NEC for 8 years and seek your support for re-election.
I have been an active union representative for 22 years, Branch BEC member since 2001 and am currently the Branch Chair. I work as a Substation Team Leader in National Grid having started as a power station apprentice before transferring to a CEGB Transmission District in 1981. I continue to represent members on personal cases and on consultative and negotiating forums within National Grid.
As a member of the NEC I will continue to work in the interests of all our members in helping to build on our strong branch structure, support our Union Officers to work closely with those branches and use Prospect’s diverse membership to shape a strong Union where our common interests form our future direction.
Prospect is the Union that consistently provides well-reasoned debate with employers, utilising the significant expertise of its professional members and full time staff, even in the most difficult of industrial relations environments. To continue to do this the understanding of all the varied issues affecting members must be understood at all levels within Prospect. To do this we need to ensure we maintain the balance of views from within Prospect on the NEC, keep open, clear communication between all members and staff and maintain our political independence.
The NEC must also safeguard member’s interests by ensuring we are able to meet current and future challenges by ensuring we have financial wellbeing, good management of Union resources, support for the effectiveness of our full time officers and our ability to lobby and interact with Government of whatever hue.
The upcoming referendum on EU membership is going to require careful, strong debate from the TUC and Prospect will play a significant part in that debate. Our members will have varying views but we must promote the positive aspects of legislation that has led to significant improvements in worker’s rights, safety and well-being, much of which is likely to come under further threat from a hostile administration.
I hope to continue to work on the NEC, on your behalf, with your continued support.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Devonport Royal Dockyard Branch, DfT Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, MOD: Air Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch
Sellafield Limited Branch
I have worked most of my career in the nuclear industry and have been involved in representing members for over 30 years and an NEC member for the last 8 years.
I take an active role on a number of NEC Advisory Groups and during the past 2 years I have chaired the Nuclear Development Group (NDG), which networks between Prospect nuclear branches such as British Energy, Nirex, Serco, NRPB, ex BNFL and ex-UKAEA areas. A commonality of approach on key nuclear issues allows us to maintain a strong voice for members in the industry; this is particularly relevant with the potential threat from Government on employees Terms, Conditions and Pension arrangements.
In June 2012 I assisted Prospect in successfully winning a High Court judgement which confirmed that employers could not make detrimental changes to pensions of employees covered by the Energy Act. Thirteen thousand workers, who formally worked for BNFL or UKAEA, are covered by the protections and I along with colleagues will seek to ensure that the Government do not renege on their agreements.
My negotiation experience within the Nuclear Industry is of particular relevance in addressing NEC matters. Working in a business which is public funded I am very conscious of government spending constraints and the pressures and consequences for thousands of members within and external to the Civil Service. Pay caps, pension reform, job evaluation, restrictions on facility times and withdrawal of check-off are important challenges for us all no matter who our employer.
Pensions are an increasingly important issue for members of all ages and I have a keen interest in ensuring that members have access to pension information which assists them in making sound choices throughout their career. I am pleased that Prospect have recently increased their resource in this area, supporting and maintaining the provision of information for our members The Prospect Pension Advisory Group ,which I chair, will continue to advise the NEC on such matters.
Financial stability of Prospect is paramount in order to continue to provide a high quality service for members. I currently serve as an Employer Nominated Director (END) on the Prospect pension Scheme (PPS) Trustee Board, one of the pension schemes available to Prospect employees. It is important to ensure that Prospect staff are catered for whilst ensuring that the finances of the union are secure.
Recruitment and retention continues to be a priority. Recently the NEC have taken strategic decisions intended to enable Prospect to sustain and grow our membership to ensure that we have the ability to maintain the resources necessary to continue to provide a quality service to our members.
I wish to ensure that whilst maintaining a professional approach Prospect supports and develops lay representatives, recognising the important role that they selflessly undertake.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this election address and I hope you are able to give me your support and vote in this NEC election
Nominated by: Air Traffic Control Officers Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT Leicester Branch, CMD South Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, MOD: Air Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
I am a Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office specialising in building and construction technology. I've been IPO branch chair for 7 years and was elected to your National Executive Committee in 2014.
Whilst on the NEC I have worked on:
- Finance and Audit Committee
- Campaigns and Communications Committee, including website review group
- Equal Opportunities Advisory Committee and
- Professional Women's Working Group (PWWG):
Through the PWWG I contributed to a joint project between Prospect and the Institute of Engineering and Technology, on advice to help employers recruit, retain and develop women in STEM. Alongside my union work on diversity I have represented my employer on a cross-profession task-force to improve diversity and inclusion in the Intellectual Property sector.
I believe that work to improve equality and diversity benefits workers, and employers. I want employers to treat inequality and lack of diversity as problems for them, that they need to solve. I think it is important too for our union to achieve the standards we demand of employers, by increasing diversity of reps in all our structures.
I have also:
- Represented Prospect at the 2015 TUC Women's conference and at Congress 2015.
- Helped to train fellow reps: We need to ensure the right support is in place for reps and help reps who want to do more. Our reps training is critical to this.
- Worked on the All Wales Forum steering group to develop plans to engage members and candidates ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections. Changing relationships between the UK government and the devolved nations mean that we need to work harder to engage effectively with all the different legislatures. However the diversity does create opportunities to share evidence and experiences between them and to make better cases on behalf of our members.
As IPO branch chair I continue to represent and advise individual members, and work on the branch negotiating teams on pay, terms and conditions, internal Patent Examining matters, and the Health and Safety committee. I am also Vice Chair of the Trade Union Side and work well with other unions.
Prospect needs all members to feel that their voice is heard within our union. For young members the Young Professionals Network (YPN) provides a route to that and helps to develop young reps so that they can become more involved with their branches. I have supported young reps at IPO in developing a YPN and mentored YPN visitors to the NEC. But, people want and are able to contribute to the union at different stages in their lives and career; we need to support members who want to get involved, and reps who want to do more, at whatever stage that might be.
Thank you for electing me last time, I have enjoyed the last couple of years and feel I have contributed to the work of the NEC; I want to continue to represent you to be part of securing a better future for Prospect and our members.
Nominated by: Air Traffic Systems Specialists Branch, BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Adastral Park A Branch, BT Adastral Park B Branch, BT Adastral Park C Branch, BT Central London HQ Branch, BT East Essex Branch, BT East of Scotland Branch, BT Leavesden Branch, BT Leicester Branch, BT Peterborough Branch, BT Suffolk Branch, Big Lottery Fund (NOF) Branch, CMD Greater London East & Essex Branch, CMD Greater London West Branch, CMD London Central Branch, CMD Midlands Wales & West Branch, CMD Scotland & Northern Ireland Branch, CMD South Branch, DSTL Branch, Defence Equipment & Support Branch, Diamond Light Source Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Forestry Commission Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, London & South East Regional Branch, Met Office Branch, MoD: Navy Branch, National Grid Branch, National Trust Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Sellafield Limited Branch, UK Intellectual Property Office Branch
EDF Energy Branch
I have been a Prospect member since I joined the electricity industry in the mid 1980s and a member of the NEC since 1996. I am standing for election to the NEC as I wish to continue contributing to the development and progress of Prospect.
I see the NEC's role as a facilitator for making services available to the members and providing for the members' needs.
The ongoing financial and political crisis is creating many challenges for our members across both the private and public sectors. Workers’ rights, incomes and pensions are under pressures and job security is threatened. Maintaining and securing our members’ interests will be the main task of the forthcoming NEC.
I believe that members' interests are best served by strong local Branch structures, by Union officers who are close to the Branches and by an organisation that brings together Branches with common interests. Therefore, it is the members, supported by the NEC, who decide how best to safeguard their interests.
The NEC should provide this support and co-ordination, and also deal with the wider issues affecting all members such as interaction with government policies, pensions etc. Furthermore, the NEC needs to ensure the financial wellbeing of the Union and manage wisely our resources.
In brief I see the NEC role being:
- to ensure the effectiveness of our organisation and of the full time officers to meet our member’s needs,
- to oversee the running of the organisation and deal with staff issues where appropriate,
- to ensure the financial well being of the Union,
- to provide the structure bringing together Branches with similar interests, and
- to interface with the Government and to campaign on a national basis on behalf of the members on issues such as pensions, public services, energy etc.
These will be my priorities as an NEC member. Please support my election and I will work to deliver these services to you.
Nominated by: BAE Surface Ships Branch, BT Development Belfast Branch, BT Leicester Branch, EDF Energy Branch, Health & Safety Executive Branch, Joint Forces Command (JFC) Branch, National Grid Branch, Rosyth Royal Dockyard Branch, Scotland Regional Branch, Scottish & Southern Energy Branch, Sellafield Limited