National executive council

The union’s national executive council (NEC) is elected by members to speak on their behalf.

NEC members are elected by all members of UNISON via a postal vote. Members elect candidates to represent their region and their service group. There are also additional seats for Black members and young members.

As with all other UNISON elections, the union’s principles of “proportionality and fair representation” means that some seats are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up of the NEC fairly represents the wider union.

Elections take place every two years, with members receiving a ballot paper with a prepaid envelope to return it to an independent scrutineer (an independent person who checks the ballot is fair and counts the votes).

Results are usually announced around one month after the voting deadline.

 

Current membership

The current NEC members are:

Black members

Female seats
Elizabeth Cameron
April Ashley

Male seats
Hugo Pierre

Reserved seats
Abiola Kusoro

Young members

General seat
Andrew Anderson

Regions

Eastern

Female seat
Sarah Crowe

Male seat
Jonathan Dunning

Reserved seat
Polly Smith

East Midlands

Female seat
Nicole Berrisford

Male seat
Chris Tansley

Reserved seat
Gail Flack

Greater London

Female seats
Sonya Howard
Helen Davies

Male seat
Jon Rogers

Reserved seat
Irene Stacey

Northern

Female seat
Josie Bird

Male seat
Ian Fleming

Reserved seat
Sue Forster

Northern Ireland

Female seat
Lucia McKeever

Male seat
Alastair Long

Reserved seat
Margaret McKee

North West

General seat
Tony Wilson

Female seats
Bernadette Gallagher
Karen Reissmann

Male seat
Roger Bannister

Reserved seat
Rena Wood

Scotland

General seat
Jane Carolan

Female seats
Davina Rankin
Naomi Junnor

Male seat
Gordon McKay

Reserved seat
Maggie Cook

South East

Female seats
Diana Leach
Jacqui Berry

Male seat
Steve Milford

Reserved seat
Susan Hatherley

South West

Female seat
Debi Potter

Male seat
Mike Hines

Reserved seat
Suzannah Franklin

Cymru/Wales

Female seats
Linda Sweet

Male seat
Mark Fisher

Reserved seat
Sian Stockham

West Midlands

Female seats
Carol Sewell
Eleanor Smith

Male seat
Dave Auger

Reserved seat
Mary Locke

Yorkshire & Humberside

Female seats
Sarah Littlewood
Linda Crowther

Male seat
Adrian Kennett

Reserved seat
Vicky Perrin

Service groups

Community

General seat
John Gray

Female seat
Janet Bryan

Energy

General seat
Paul Glover

Health care

General seat
James Anthony

Female seats
Ann Moses
Christine Sullivan

Male seat
Eric Roberts

Higher education

General seat
Max Watson

Female seat
Tomasa Bullen

Local government

General seat
Paul Holmes

Female seats
Lynn Poulton
Wendy Nichols

Male seat
Paul Gilroy

Police staff

General seat
Chris Hanrahan

Female seat
Maureen Le Marinel

Water, environment & transport

General seat
John Jones

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