UNISON has 1,200 branches in the UK. A branch is made up of all its members. Some members are elected by their workforce to play different roles, including:
Branch Chair: Tom Merchant
Facilitates Branch and committee meetings
Branch Secretary: Jane Carter
The main contact person with the wider union who handles Branch administration.
Branch Treasurer: Vacant Position
Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.
Young Members Officer: Vacant Position
Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the union.
Equalities Officers: Ian Quick
Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues (there may be up to four per Branch).
Health & Safety Officer: Paula Sharley
Campaigns around Health & Safety issues for the Branch
Education Co-ordinators: Ben Phillips & Kate Robbins
Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and Branch officers.
Membership Officer: Dudley Hackling
Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.
Branch Communications Officers: Vacant position
Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media.
Branch Labour Link Officer: Laura Protheroe
Contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters
Black Members Officer: Georgia Ramsay
Organises the Black Members groups at Branch and Regional level
Retired members Officer: Debbie Clough
Organises the Retired Members Section of the Branch