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 Head of the TUC's Equality and Strategy Department. Before that, I worked as TUC Director of Strategy, and as a 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.

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk

  • 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

  • Clare Coatman

    Clare Coatman

    I'm a Campaigner for the TUC focusing on reaching out to Britain’s young core workers and improving their experience of work. I am an experienced campaigner and activist having worked on issues ranging from democratic reform to food banks and intergenerational justice.

  • Elena Crasta

    Elena Crasta

    I’m the TUC European officer and I am based in Brussels, where I represent the TUC in the European Union, working with the European TUC and sister organisations across Europe, the European Commission, Parliament and Council. I’m particularly interested in the European dimension of the work the TUC does around workers’ rights and welfare, the economy, taxation policy and more generally the debate about UK membership of the EU. I’ve been at the TUC for 10 years, during which I’ve also worked for our Southern and Eastern region and as employment rights officer.

  • Elly Gibson

    Elly Gibson

    I am a Media and Campaigns officer at the TUC, where I write press releases and briefings, handle media enquiries, prepare TUC spokespeople for interviews and run media training for new staff. I’ve been at the TUC for 10 years, before that working as a press officer for children’s charities. My spare time is mostly taken up by my two toddlers, but I enjoy sewing, reading and cheering on Manchester City FC.

  • Frances O'Grady

    Frances O'Grady

    Frances O'Grady is General Secretary of the TUC, and is the first woman ever to hold this post. She was on the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards, and has been a member of the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions. Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos, opposes privatisation and leads TUC campaigning on the NHS. You can read Frances' full biography at the TUC website.

  • Gareth Hathway

    Gareth Hathway

    Gareth is Policy and Campaigns Officer for the Wales TUC.

  • 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 and is currently a member of the Government’s Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. He is a member of the board of the European Agency for Health and Safety. Hugh also represents UK unions on the European Commission’s Health and Safety Advisory Committee, chairing its Occupational Diseases Working Panel and is Vice-chair of the Panel of Experts on Occupational Diseases of the International Labour Organisation.

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s

  • John Wood

    John Wood

    I’m Digital Manager at the TUC, working on campaigns and communications online. 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 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.

  • Kam Gill

    Kam Gill

    I am a policy and campaigns support officer at the TUC. I have previously worked as a policy advisor for the Electoral Commission and as a research and policy analyst at the race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust.

  • Kathleen Christie

    Kathleen Christie

    I'm managing the heartunions week project at the TUC, helping to showcase the great work trade unions do around the country, and just how much would be put at risk if the trade union bill is passed.

  • Kathryn Mackridge

    Kathryn Mackridge

    I am a policy and campaigns support officer in the Organisation and Services Department. I blog about young workers, public services and union organising. Before the TUC I worked in local government on housing, education and social care, and at Oxfam Cymru on UK poverty.

  • 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.

  • Lee Barron

    Lee Barron

    Lee Barron is the regional secretary for the Midlands TUC. Based in the Midlands TUC’s Birmingham office, Lee is the TUC’s senior representative across the Midlands region. He previously served the postal and telecom workers union, CWU, at local level and then on to Regional level for 26 years, leading high profile campaigns against the privatisation of the Royal Mail and advancing terms and conditions for thousands of workers. He was the youngest Official within the CWU and has vast experience and influence within the labour movement.

  • Matt Dykes

    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.

    Web site: http://www.strongerunions.org

  • Matthew Creagh

    Matthew Creagh

    Matt works in the unionlearn research and strategy team, working with affiliates to develop policy around young people and skills, particularly Apprenticeships.

  • Megan Dobney

    Megan Dobney

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

  • Michael Pidgeon

    Michael Pidgeon

    Michael is a press officer at the TUC. He previously worked as a digital campaigner at the TUC, a policy officer with Friends of the Earth in Brussels, and in various parliamentary roles in Ireland and the EU. He's also a member of the NUJ and London Cycling Campaign.

  • Neil Foster

    Neil Foster

    Neil Foster is the Northern TUC Policy and Campaigns Officer

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk/northern

  • 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.

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk/international

  • 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.

    Web site: http://www.strongerunions.org

  • Peter Purton

    Peter Purton

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

  • Philip Hadley

    Philip Hadley

    Philip is a Policy & Campaigns Support Officer in the TUC's Organisation and Services Department, where he works on public services campaigns including Action for Rail and Speak Up For Justice.

  • 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.

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk

  • 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.

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk

  • 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.

    Web site: http://www.tuc.org.uk

  • Tanya Warlock

    Tanya Warlock

    Tanya Warlock is a Policy & Campaigns Support Officer in the European Union & International Relations Department. Prior to this she was the Project Worker for the Local Migration Messaging Project, working in three geographically spread areas, Corby, Manchester and Southampton campaigning to convey positive messages around migration in the lead up the General Election.

    Web site: https://www.facebook.com/TUCmigrationcampaign

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: