Retired (2014) as UNISON Regional Education Officer - Northern Region. Currently part time WEA/UNISON tutor and regional committee member. Also involved with Journey to Justice; Friends of the Durham Miners Gala and North East Socialist Singers.
Worked as a union organiser/educationalist for 35 years in the North, first for NUPE, and then UNISON, following merger in 1993.
Active in many anti-privatisation campaigns, pay disputes and particularly enjoyed international project work in South Africa, Palestine, Cuba, Russia, Germany and Sierra Leone.
Previously worked in establishing the Trade Union Studies Information Unit (TUSIU) - one of the first regional based research and education organisations supporting workers resisting de-industrialisation. Also a founding partner of our wonderful Bridges to Learning with the Open University, UNISON and WEA over 15 years ago, and still going strong.
Other interests include hill walking, caving, live music and the Woodcraft Folk.