UNISON members recognised in honours list

Members receive awards for contributions to the trade union movement, water regulation, and work in the community

Wendy Nichols during her presidential year, chairing national delegate conference

Two UNISON stalwarts have been recognised in the recent king’s birthday honours, announced earlier this month.

Wendy Nichols from Yorkshire and Humberside (pictured above during 2015-2016, when she was UNISON president) has been awarded an OBE for services to the trade union movement.

After leaving school, Wendy, who is from Selby, took hotel management and catering courses, following her mum’s footsteps into school meals. She then worked as a cook in a residential care home before being promoted to the post of deputy manager.

Her involvement in unions goes back to the start of her career in the early 1980s and she has been active in UNISON ever since its creation in 1993.

Wendy has also been a Labour councillor for many years.

Anne McGuire from Warrington has been awarded a BEM for services to water regulation and local communities. A technical specialist, she retires this week after working for a week short of 49 years at the Environment Agency and its predecessors.

She has also carried out significant work in her community.

Congratulations to both of them.