From the TUC

Primary contributors

The Stronger Unions blog is primarily authored by staff from the TUC’s Organising Team.

  • Alice Hood

    Alice Hood

    I’m Director of Strategy at the TUC. Before that, I worked as TUC senior policy officer on public services, as well as a policy officer for the Local Government Association, for the European Parliamentary Labour Party and a full-time elected student union officer.

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  • Becky Wright

    Becky Wright

    I am the Director of the TUC’s Organising Academy and am responsible for the development and delivering of the Academy’s training programme for union organisers and officers. Following on from being active in community and women’s campaigns, I joined the TSSA as an Academy Organiser in 2001 and after graduating, worked on national and regional campaigns for Prospect, NATFHE and ATL. I studied Politics at the University of York, hold an MRes from Birkbeck, University of London and also a Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education. I have also studied Contemporary European Labour Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

  • Bill Adams

    Bill Adams

    Bill Adams is Regional Secretary for the TUC in the Yorkshire and The Humber region.

  • Carl Roper

    Carl Roper

    Carl Roper is the TUC National Organiser

  • Hugh Robertson

    Hugh Robertson

    Hugh Robertson is the Senior Policy Officer for Health and Safety at the TUC. For nine years he was a member of the board of the Health and Safety Executive. He is a member of the boards of the European Agency for Health and Safety and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Hugh chairs the Occupational Diseases working party of the European Commission’s Health and Safety Advisory Committee and is Vice-chair of the Panel of Experts on Occupational Diseases of the International Labour Organisation.

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  • John Wood

    John Wood

    I’m Campaigns and New Media Officer at the TUC, working on campaigns and advice online, as well as chipping in with issues around how new media (particularly social media) are impacting on industrial relations. I’m always tinkering with the system behind this blog (so if something’s broken it’s likely my fault) and on housekeeping duties to help out the other contributors. I’ve been at the TUC since 2002, and before joining the team here, I worked on websites, eCommerce and online campaigning for Oxfam GB. In busman’s holiday style, I spend some of the spare time my kids leave me in blogging and online activism.

  • Kay Carberry

    Kay Carberry

    I am Assistant General Secretary of the TUC, and I’m responsible for the TUC’s internal management and overseeing our work on pensions and equality. I have served on a number of government advisory bodies on equality, education, training and employment, and have been a member of the Women and Work Commission and a Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission. I am currently a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, as well as a Trustee of One Parent Families, the People’s History Museum and the Work Foundation.

  • Kevin Rowan

    Kevin Rowan

    I'm Head of Organisation and Services at the TUC, promoting trade unionism and campaigning on behalf of working people. I work with trade unions to campaign for better public services, delivered under public ownership, health, safety and wellbeing at work and stronger unions.

  • Lauren Usher

    Lauren Usher

    Lauren Usher is a Campaigns Assistant in the TUC's Organisation and Services Department.

  • Matt Dykes

    I am the TUC's Senior Policy Officer for Public Services and lead the TUC's work on the joint union All Together for the NHS campaign. I've worked at the TUC for 10 years covering public services, transport and civil society. Before joining the TUC I worked for the Mayor of London as well as several years in the civil service. I’ve been an active rep for both PCS and UNISON, and was also a founder member of Justice for Colombia.

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  • Megan Dobney

    Megan Dobney

    Megan Dobney is Regional Secretary for the TUC in South East and Eastern England (SERTUC).

  • Neil Foster

    Neil Foster

    Neil Foster is the Northern TUC Policy and Campaigns Officer

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  • Owen Tudor

    Owen Tudor

    I’ve been the Head of the TUC’s European Union and International Relations Department since 2003 and have worked at the TUC since 1984. I’ve been a member of the Health and Safety Commission, the Civil Justice Council, the Social Security Advisory Committee and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and now I’m on the FCO’s Wilton Park Advisory Council. I’m particularly interested in the trade union movements of Australia, Iran and Iraq, the Middle East and the USA, and I’m interested in migration, trade, and building trade union capacity. I’m the Secretary of TUC Aid, the TUC’s charitable union development arm and on the Robin Hood Tax campaign steering committee. I’m a Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative. My wife Sarah works in education on development and external affairs and my son Charles is training to be a cook. I’m a season ticket holder at Saracens, and a member of the Wine Society and the GMB. I also contribute to the Touchstone blog.

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  • Paul Nowak

    Paul Nowak

    I was appointed as Assistant General Secretary of the TUC in February 2013. I lead on a number of key policy areas and have responsibility for the TUC’s regional councils, organising and inter-union relations. Prior to taking up this appointment, I headed the TUC’s Organisation & Services department, leading on issues including public services, and playing a key role in the TUC’s broader campaigning work.

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  • Peter Purton

    Peter Purton

    Peter Purton is a Policy Officer in the TUC's Equalities and Equal Rights Department.

  • Rosa Crawford

    Rosa Crawford

    I’m a Policy Officer in the International Relations and European Union Department dealing with issues around trade, migration, ethical supply chains and South and East Asia.

  • Scarlet Harris

    Scarlet Harris

    I'm the TUC’s Women’s Equality Officer, based in the Equality and Employment Rights Department. I joined the organisation in 2009 and work on policy issues such as maternity rights; representation of women in unions; occupational segregation; women in the labour market; equal pay; sex discrimination and family policy.

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  • Sean Bamford

    Sean Bamford

    I'm a Policy Officer in the European Union and International Relations department of the TUC. I'm responsible for policy on issues relating toTurkey, the Middle East and North Africa, trafficking & forced labour, the EU's information and consultation rights, TUAC and the OECD guidelines for multinationals and EU accession countries.

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  • Stephen Russell

    Stephen Russell

    Stephen Russell is currently working as International Policy Officer covering Latin America, China, the International Labour Organisation and the Playfair campaign. Prior to this Stephen worked in unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills organisation, where he managed a range of projects covering maths, learning centres, the Union Learning Fund, management information and digital inclusion. Stephen has worked in a variety of departments across the TUC, spanning 18 years.

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  • Tanya Warlock

    Tanya Warlock

    Tanya Warlock is the Local Migration Project Officer at the TUC. She has been working for TUC’s European Union and International Relations Department since 2006.

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Guest contributors

The blog also periodically features topical guest posts from external policy experts in different areas. Guest posts are intended to widen debate and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the TUC or its policy staff. Guest authors have included: