Scotland Delegates Handbook 2015
Conference 2015 Who’s who or handy folk to know
|Lilian and Stephen, Scottish Region Delegates
Lilian and Stephen are elected as Scotland’s reps to Conference by the union’s Scottish Council of branches. Click here for details of what they do at Conference and how they can help.Lilian is from Lanarkshire Health Branch and is UNISON Scotland Convener.Stephen, from South Lanarkshire Branch, is Depute Convener.
|Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary
Mike Kirby is Scotland’s top full time official. Mike took over as Scottish Secretary in December 2010 after serving as Scottish Convener – Scotland’s lead lay activist – since the merger that created UNISON in 1993.
Mike was also for many years one of Scotland’s lay Regional reps to National Conference. He was 2011/12 STUC President.
|Lucia McKeever, National President
Lucia McKeever, a nursing assistant from Armagh, is the first person from Northern Ireland to be elected president of UNISON. Lucia will chair conference throughout the week.Pictured here when she addressed our Scottish Council meeting in December, Lucia has been chair of the Armagh Dungannon health branch since UNISON was formed in 1993.She became actively involved in the trade union movement more than 25 years ago in the fight for regulation and registration for healthcare workers, and has campaigned tirelessly to protect health and social care services in the Southern Trust Area, particularly in Armagh and Dungannon.On her election she said: “I am honoured to be trusted by the union to hold the highest office at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges.”
|Dave Prentis, General Secretary
Dave Prentis was elected in 2000 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 and has 30 years trade union experience.
Dave was born and brought up in Leeds and went to the University of London where he took a BA in history. This was followed by an MA in industrial relations at the University of Warwick.Well respected by politicians, employers and journalists, Dave is a member of the TUC General Council and its executive committee.
|Alison Jaconellie, Standing Orders Committee Rep
Alison Jaconellie from UNISON Police Staff Scotland Branch is Scotland’s rep on the Standing Orders Committee which sets out the business for the week.
Alison will be the source of information on what’s going on and whether your motion has any chance!
Conference briefings and website service
|The Scottish Communications and Campaigns Committee, along with the Regional Delegates, will issue daily briefings during Conference week (new rules mean we are only allowed one briefing a day).
It is not a ‘News’ service after the event (after all you were there), it is for briefing delegates before the event.
We will also be updating the website with most of what goes out in print so you can get easy access at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/conf2015.
The service is also there to be used by branches to promote motions within Scottish policy. In exceptional circumstances we can also help with typing and communications with branches, media etc back home.
Your contact is John Stevenson, SiU editor, along with Kate Ramsden and Jane Aitchison. Other committee members will be helping out too.
It would be really helpful if speakers could let the team know when they are speaking (so we can get a photo) and provide a copy of their speech for the reports.