Sue Whittaker

Role: Branch Chair

Email: suewhittaker10@hotmail.co.uk

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I was elected Chair this year and hope you; your friends and family have been safe during this cruel pandemic and have been supported within your workplace. The Branch Committee has benefited from several new appointments and I welcome you all to the committee.

We now have 20 positions filled with 6 vacant positions, which are:- Minutes Secretary, Young Members Officer, Disabled Members Officer, Black Members Officer, Green Officer, and a Convener for HALO Leisure. Contact unison@bridgend.gov.uk for more information.

I have worked at BCBC for 22 years and currently am with the Enterprise and Employability section. We support local companies, helping local job seekers not only to find work, but to excel in their job. We have supported 100+ local people into jobs during lock down.

In my election statement I promised a more ambitious branch, which promoted our services to existing members and attracted new members.

As things begin to settle down these efforts will be resumed and following virtual Branch meetings action plans have been agreed for the coming months.

Remember we are here for you and if you want to communicate directly please email me on suewhittaker10@hotmail.co.uk.

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Mark Galvin

Role: Branch Vice-Chair

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I am Vice-Chairperson and Sports and Social Officer of Unison in the County Branch of Bridgend. I have also previously undertaken the role of Minutes Secretary to the Branch. I have been a trade union representative for around 30 or more years and have nearly 40 years experience in Local Government here in BCBC and its preceding Authority Ogwr Borough Council. I am a member of the Labour Party and have been for the last 4 or so years. I live in Brackla, Bridgend and regularly attended meetings of the Brackla Labour group up until lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am a former School governor at Tremains Primary School where I was also part of the School’s Recruitment & Appointments Panel. When the Infants and Primary School amalgamated I stepped down as there were then too many governors. I will be looking in the immediate future however, to once more become a School governor as there are presently vacancies for these at various schools in the Bridgend area. I am a Senior Democratic Services Officer – Committees in the Legal and Regulatory Services section of BCBC. I presently worked as a Paralegal Officer prior to my current post. I therefore have a good understanding of both local government law and the decision making process, which assists in my union role. It is my ambition to stand to become a BCB Councillor in the local government elections in 2022, due to my background and my interest in politics.

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John Hughes

Role: Branch Secretary

Email: john.hughes@bridgend.gov.uk

Phone number: (01656) 643399.

John Hughes, Branch Secretary
My name is John Hughes and I have been Branch Secretary of your branch for the past two years and Deputy Branch Secretary for a number of years before that. As Branch Secretary I am the lead officer for negotiating on your behalf and the main contact person with the wider union.
I have worked for BCBC since 1996 and for Ogwr Borough Council prior to that. I am an Accountant by profession, working within the BCBC Finance Department; I am also an Institute of Welfare accredited Welfare Officer.
I am also a Governor at two primary schools, so I am only too aware of the excellent work that our members do, whether ‘corporately’, ‘school based’ or within the community – the past eight months have been tough, but you have all done an outstanding job. 2020 has been a strange year, for you, your family and your colleagues; but it hasn’t stopped our members from providing quality services or UNISON from working on your behalf.
You can contact me directly by e-mailing john.hughes@bridgend.gov.uk or telephone on (01656) 643399.

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Sindy Absalom

Role: Deputy Branch Secretary

Email: unison@bridgend.gov.uk

Phone number: 07816 082569

I have worked at BCBC for 18 years and became a Unison member around the same time. I have been working to provide our members with the support and representation they need, when they need it and have been Bridgend Unison Deputy Branch Secretary since our AGM in March.

Because of Covid-19 and the financial implications it has for all of us, it is more important than ever that we are part of a Trade Union that can be relied on to help work through this crisis and protect the working rights of Unison members. Please contact me if you are interested in joining Bridgend’s team of workplace contacts or Reps.

Working from home has its own challenges but if you have any queries please email me at unison@bridgend.gov.uk

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Michael Thomas

Role: Branch Treasurer

Email: iceage@sky.com

Phone number: 07852174186

I have been the branch treasurer for a little over a year and can honestly say it has been both a steep learning curve, but also immensely satisfying having the opportunity to learn new procedures and gain a deeper understanding of the branch finances.
There has been a lot to learn within a short space of time, as well as a variety of procedural matters to understand and implement (still getting there with that one I am afraid).

When I first took on the role I had three basic objectives. Get the accounts up to date (as well as keeping them up to date), introduce new procedures involving internet banking and the way we make payments and to set a branch budget. The accounts are now up to date, we are now able to make payments online (new signatories also added) and a branch budget was set for 2020 (obviously COVID-19 tended to negate the implementation of the budget).

As well as maintaining what has been achieved, going forward I plan to examine in more detail the overall expenditure of the branch, ensuring we obtain the best return on behalf of our members. These objectives will continue to evolve as the months go by, but I will endeavour to maintain a direction, focused on improving what we do and making the branch more cost effective on behalf of its members.

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Richard Davies

Role: LGBT+ Officer

Email: Richard.Davies@bridgend.gov.uk

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My name is Richard Davies and I am from Maesteg originally (a former mining community) and am a proud trade unionist who is committed to achieving equality, justice and fairness for all. I joined the union NALGO union on my first day of employment (too many years ago to mention) and then became a proud member of Unison in 1993, following the merger of the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO), National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE

Over the years I have filled many trade union roles such as – Branch Chairperson, Assistant Secretary, Health & Safety Officer, Publicity Officer (now known as Communications Officer) and currently I am a Senior Steward and also the LGBT+ Officer for Unison Bridgend County Branch.

Being involved in the trade union movement has probably been the best experience of my live making lots of friends throughout the home nations and further afield as well. Unison is like one big family where despite the occasional differences of option we always look after each other.

As the Branch LGBT+ Officer my main tasks are visibly championing UNISON’s commitment to LGBT+ equality and encouraging LGBT+ workers to join UNISON. I keep members informed and involved by organising branch LGBT+ meetings and events, such as LGBT+ History Month. I am the link between LGBT+ members and the committee, representing views of branch members and share regional and national UNISON LGBT+ information within the branch.

The Unison LGBT+ self-organised group is one of the groups that brings together members from under-represented groups – women members, Black members, disabled members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ (LGBT+) members.

I work with any employer staff LGBT+ network, building and improving links with local LGBT+ community groups and prides and participate in regional LGBT+ groups, organise branch participation in the annual national LGBT+ conference and report on LGBT+ work at the branch AGM.

My key tasks as Branch LGBT+ Officer are
• Being out and visible
• Championing UNISON’s commitment to LGBT+ equality
• Encouraging LGBT+ workers to join UNISON
• Keeping LGBT+ members informed and getting them involved
• Organising branch LGBT+ meetings and events eg LGBT+ History Month
• Being the two-way link between LGBT+ members and the branch committee
• Representing the views of branch LGBT+ members
• Sharing regional and national UNISON LGBT+ information in the branch
• Working with any employer staff LGBT+ network
• Building and improving links with local LGBT+ community groups and prides
• Participating in the regional LGBT+ group
• Organising branch participation in the annual national LGBT+ conference
• Reporting on LGBT+ work at the branch AGM.

Please feel free to contact me directly for more information on any of this.

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Mark Galvin

Role: Sports & Social Secretary

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I am Vice-Chairperson and Sports and Social Officer of Unison in the County Branch of Bridgend. I have also previously undertaken the role of Minutes Secretary to the Branch. I have been a trade union representative for around 30 or more years and have nearly 40 years experience in Local Government here in BCBC and its preceding Authority Ogwr Borough Council. I am a member of the Labour Party and have been for the last 4 or so years. I live in Brackla, Bridgend and regularly attended meetings of the Brackla Labour group up until lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am a former School governor at Tremains Primary School where I was also part of the School’s Recruitment & Appointments Panel. When the Infants and Primary School amalgamated I stepped down as there were then too many governors. I will be looking in the immediate future however, to once more become a School governor as there are presently vacancies for these at various schools in the Bridgend area. I am a Senior Democratic Services Officer – Committees in the Legal and Regulatory Services section of BCBC. I presently worked as a Paralegal Officer prior to my current post. I therefore have a good understanding of both local government law and the decision making process, which assists in my union role. It is my ambition to stand to become a BCB Councillor in the local government elections in 2022, due to my background and my interest in politics.

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Diane Lowe

Role: Bridgend College Officer

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Brendan Devine

Role: Life Long Learning Coordinator

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Helen Weeks

Role: Women's Officer

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Chris Thomas

Role: Health & Safety Officer

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Stuart Turner

Role: Valleys to Coast Convenor

Email: stuartturner2014@gmail.com

Phone number: 07949 418654

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Eleri Evans

Role: V2C Convenor

Email: eleri.e101@gmail.com

Phone number: 07860 872795

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Marshall Greer

Role: Retired Members' Secretary

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