Becky Wright, Director
Previous to her post at Unions 21, Becky spent five years as the Director of the TUC’s Organising Academy and was responsible for the development and delivering of the Academy’s training programme for union organisers and officers. Following activity in local community and women’s campaigns, in 2001, she joined the TSSA as an Academy Organiser and then went on to take national and regional organising projects for Prospect, NATFHE and ATL. Becky holds a BA(Hons) in Politics, an MRes as well as a Diploma in Education and has also studied Contemporary European Labour Studies at Masters level at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Sue Ferns, Chair
Sue is Deputy General Secretary at Prospect, the union for professionals. Her responsibilities in Prospect include leading the union’s work on equal opportunities; legal services; skills; campaigning and communications; and on science, engineering and sustainability.
Sue has been a member of the TUC General Council since 2005, and is a board member of unionlearn, deputy chair of the Women’s Committee and a TUC Aid Trustee. She has been an active member of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee since its inception, and is the General Council’s lead on environment and sustainability. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a trustee of the Science Council.
Jon Skewes, Vice Chair
Jon is the Director of Policy, Employment Relations and Communications for the Royal College of Midwives. He is the RCM lead negotiator in the NHS and is responsible for external relationships. Jon has extensive experience as a negotiator, campaigner and organiser across public services and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development and a Member of the TUC General Council
Chris Weavers, Treasurer
Chris Weavers works as Principal Official (Parliamentary and Trade Union Liaison) in which capacity he represents the Union on a number of TUC bodies and at a number of meetings of Education International, as well as co-ordinating much of the political work on the Union in Westminster and the devolved nations. He previously worked in local government and as Vice President of the National Union of Students.
Fiona Wilson, Head of Research and Economics, USDAW
Fiona Wilson is Head of Research and Economics at Usdaw and was elected onto the General Council at the 2007 Congress. In addition to being a General Council member, Fiona is also a member of the Executive Committee and a TUC Aid Trustee. The Research and Economics Department also includes the Union's Equalities and Politics Sections and provides support for bargaining, industrial relations and policy issues and prepares the Union's responses to formal enquiries and consultations from outside bodies. Fiona is also a member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum and the Conference Arrangements Committee.
Simon Weller started with British Rail as a teenager in 1987 and joined ASLEF immediately. After working as a driver's assistant, he qualified as a train driver in 1989. Since then, Simon served as a branch official, LDC (Shop Steward), company negotiator, Executive Committee member and left train driving in 2009. He is now ASLEF's elected Assistant General Secretary responsible for covering for the General Secretary in his absence as well as education, equalities, pensions, recruitment and inter-union relations. Simon is also a member of the TUC General Council.
Simon Sapper, Assistant National Officer, CWU
Simon is currently responsible for CWU's relations with other unions, CWUYouth, internal discipline and conduct, general policy and strategy delivery. He has previously fulfilled a number of roles including leading negotiations with BT and other employers, Legal Services Officer and Health, Safety and Environment Officer. He joined the then NCU in 1989 and is the CWU’s longest serving National Officer - prior to that he worked for IPMS (now Prospect) and the Anti Apartheid Movement (now transformed into ACTSA).
He is an individual member of Unions 21.
Matt Ball, Director of Communications, Community
Rachael McIlory, Senior Research Lead for Employment Relations, RCN
Rachel is responsible for all research activity related to pay, terms and conditions and the working environment for nursing staff in the NHS and the independent sector. Her interests include employee engagement, pay and reward and workplace representation. She sits on the NHS Staff Survey Advisory Board and is responsible for the RCN`s biannual membership survey, with expertise in survey design. Prior to working at the RCN, Rachael worked as public sector policy officer at the TUC, coordinating and representing public sector unions.