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Your Branch

UNISON has 1,200 branches in the UK. A branch is made up of all its members. Some members are elected by their workforce to play different roles, including:

Branch Officers:

Branch Chair: Karen Owens
Presides over meetings of the branch, part of the core leadership team



Branch Secretary: Kevin Treweeks The main contact person with the wider union who handles Branch administration. 07584503917

Lead Rep for Plymouth City Council: Kevin Treweeks Dealing with consultations and negotiations for this employer as well as some casework

Local Government Convenor: Kevin Treweeks represents the Branch at regional level and the South West Region Nationally


Labour Link Officer: Jamie Bannerman & Kevin Treweeks The key contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters and is responsible for co-ordinating activities in the branch.

International Officer: Kate Lattimore
These officers develop and lead on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.



Lead Rep for Livewell South West: David Dodd 07539471748

Health Group Convenor: Dave Dodd



Lead Rep for Plymouth Hospital NHS Trusts: Ian Minards 01752438100

LGBT Officer: Liz Cheesewright & Ian Minards
The LGBT officer works in partnership with other areas of the union to identify and promote UNISON’s equality agenda.



Branch Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer: Liam Condron-Faros & Karen Smith
Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.



Black Members Officer: Vacant
The Black members’ officer works in partnership with other areas of the union to identify and promote UNISON’s equality agenda.

Education Officer: 
Helps Organise Training for Branch Officers and Activists

Womens Officer: Hayley Kemp

Communications Officer:
Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, the Branch website, press and Social Media.

Equalities Officers: Tom Taylor 
Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues.

Membership Officer: Vacant

Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.

Graham Hill has now retired and so cannot retain this post but he will extensively assist anybody who comes forward to replace him


Disability Officer: Heather Bungey

Young Members Officer: Vacant

Welfare Officer: Sharroll Rickard
Makes sure that that members seeking welfare assistance receive a prompt, supportive and effective response.

Health and Safety Officer: Sharroll Rickard & Karen Smith
Contact for advice on all Health and Safety Matters

Retired Members Secretary: 

Reps in Your workplace:

LivewellSW; Ashleigh Rennie, Jamie Bannerman, Marcia Bates, Heather Bungey, Clare Struthers, Claire Russell, Karen Smith (H&S), David Horsborough, Sharroll Rickard, Karen Owens, Liz Cheeswright, Rebecca Jones

Derriford Hospital;  David Reeves, Dawn Allen, Wendy Jamie (H&S) Luke Mills, Marcus Granville, Gary Glass (H&S) Neil Gurney, Linda Wheeler,

Plymouth City Council; Tony Davey (BOX) & Stacey Turner (H&S)  Caron Kozicz (Parking) & Andy Bartlett (H&S) Liam Condron-Farnos (Planning) Kate Lattimore (Commissioning) Paul Marten (Transformation) Laura Schamotta (HR&OD) Lynda Wilson (Customer Services) Steve Sayles (Street Services) Tom Taylor, Emma Croad & Phil Morris (Childrens Services) Maintained Schools; Sandra Bryant (Mt Tamar)

Academy Schools; Beccy Graham (Goosewell) Rachel Miller (Stoke Damerell)

DELT; Helen Day-Cocking

CSW;  Sarah Lock

FE;  Tom Hamilton & Sharon Mackay (City College) James Sturgeon (H&S) (College of Art)

LiveWest; Paula Reeve

For further information on branch roles follow the link: https://www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/activists/branch-roles/

 Your branch committee hard at work