Presidential team

UNISON has a presidential team made up of elected members of the national executive council.

Gordon McKay, president

Gordon McKay is a mental health nurse from Kilbirnie, Ayrshire. He joined the NHS and UNISON predecessor union NUPE on the same day in 1987, and specialised in mental health in 1988.

He says that during his presidential year, he wants to “work with others to continue to show the general public the value of public services  – to get the message across that its public services that hold our society together, and to demonstrate to people how it is that they do that.

“I also want to continue to support UNISON’s Pay Up Now! Campaign. Public sector workers have suffered because of pay freezes and capped changes for too long.

“We are finally making progress having secured a pay rise for NHS staff but it’s crucial that we continue to work together to get all public sector workers the pay rise they deserve.”

Gordon is a steward of Ayrshire and Arran health branch and was chair until March 2018. He has been a member of the union’s national executive committee since 2009, first occupying a seat representing Scottish members and most recently representing health workers across the UK.

He has been married to his wife Janet for 30 years and they have two children.

Josie Bird, senior vice-president

Local government worker Josie Bird has been employed as an administrative officer in Newcastle for 17 years.

She has been an elected member of the NEC for a number of years and chaired the executive’s finance and resource management committee.

She is also secretary of the union’s Newcastle city branch.

Sian Stockham, junior vice-president

Sian Stockham is a support care worker from Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, in. She has been a member of the NEC since 2005, where she holds the seat representing fellow low-paid women members in Wales.


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