Candidate's Statement Section (a)
2008-2010-2012 - Napo National Vice Chair serving for two terms consecutively with responsibilities to the Union Learning Initiative, Also served terms on the National Executive Committee. From 1999-2003 l served for 4 years on the National Negotiating Committee. Within the Negotiating Committee I was involved in pay deal negotiations. I have attended and participated in 20 years of AGM conferences moving motions and supporting members. I was for 3 years Chair of Union Learning Representatives steering team, the Link Officer to the Training Committee. l always worked closely with the Campaigning Committee and was Link Officer for 3 years. Having served as a member on the Equality Committee I then did 3 years as Link Officer. My responsibilities also included Vice Chair Link Officer to Kent, Thames Valley, Surrey & Sussex Branches and Northern Ireland.
While serving on the NNC l was selected to work as one of the National Job Evaluation team. This involved testing and ensuring it was fit for purpose and developing benchmarked posts. The duties include national implementation, training the regional trainers, organising appeals and taking part in appeal hearings. I was also directly involved in implementing the procedures locally and regionally. When serving as Vice Chair I have undertaken a range representations and legal action in some. I have served on disciplinary panels and dealt with matters at the highest level of Napo as a Vice Chair.
- TUC stage 1 Negotiating representing members.
- TUC Stage 2 Collective bargaining.
- TUC training in Leadership and Union Governance.
- Diploma in Employment law.
Advice and guidance on Job evaluation and pay arrangements, VLOs more recently, training, mentoring and support to JNCC representatives both locally, regionally and nationally.
With 17 years branch JNCC Representative (over ten years of which was full time) | have experience of all Branch roles. I have been the representations coordinator of the branch, including involvement in employment tribunals.
I have a Diploma in employment Law. l have worked on approximately 120 plus cases for members. l have experience of sickness and capability proceedings.
Napo requires leadership with commitment built on knowledge, achievement and experience with vision and flexibility that can deliver change.
Government action on Probation has been aggressive and ill conceived. To fight this challenge Napo has to change. I can lead that change.
An independent review will enable us to modernise - become fit for purpose and have the best chance to protect our values, our jobs and our conditions.
Membership must be galvanised to use our democratic structures to work with all groups to achieve change. Financial restrictions cannot be ignored but limiting essential investment cannot be used to prop up an ineffective structure.
Our strategy must be to protect all our members' rights and local and national reps must be trained and supported in this. This means real practical commitment to negotiation, equalities and health and safety issues.
Our aims must be clear, articulate and well presented in order to protect the professionalism of all grades. We must further develop our media strategy and our closer working with our TUC partners.
Working across multiple employer is different and can be uncomfortable but we must rise to this challenge and demonstrate we are a capable and effective Union. The decline must be arrested before it becomes too late.
My experience derives from 25 years of representing staff. Through grievance, discipline capability, redundancy, tribunals and negotiating local and national collective agreements. I have the knowledge, the experience, the flexibility, the vision and commitment to bring the necessary change Napo needs.