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Branch committee and dep reps

Elected Members of Essex UCU

Committee Members and Officers of the branch

Officers and other members of the local committee are Essex UCU members elected annually at the branch AGM by the branch membership as a whole. These are voluntary roles although some receive time off from work (facility time). Legally H&S reps and Union Learning reps receive time off for their roles. The committee meet regularly to discuss issues pertinent to local members and decide branch strategy.

The current committee is listed below. Nominations for AY 21-22 will open on 24 March 2021, close on 26 May 2021 and announced at the AGM on 23 June- see branch meetings webpage

However once the new committee is announced, 4 new members can be co-opted on to join throughout the AY. Please get involved and consider taking up a role in your branch. Having a committee made up of members from across our branch is essential for our democracy and efficacy and the role is rewarding in its own right. If you require more information please contact or a member of our current committee

See our branch rules for more information

ESSEX UCU committee : June 2020-AGM 2021

President                                             Irene McMullin

Vice-President                                  Peter Patrick

Secretary                                             Paul Siddall

Treasurer                                            Billy Woods (co-opted 8 July 2020)

Equality and Diversity Officer    Kevin Lu

Membership and Recruitment Officer                       VACANT

Anti-casualisation officer            Ayse Sargin (and GTA/GLA rep)


Ordinary Committee members:    

Jak Peake ( co-opted on 8 July) Key Covid lead   (acted as branch president during Autumn term 2020-2021)                       

Chris Fox (former President)

Colin Samson

Nic Beuret

Ewen Speed

Michael Bailey

Cathy Crawford (H&S rep)

Lorna Finlayson

Dave Rush

Karen Hudson

Ray Lashley (H&S rep)

Felicity Szenat

Lorcan Whitehead (Casework Coordinator)

Lynne Jordan

Kate Rockett (Pensions rep)

Kate Seymour

Jane Hindley (Environmental rep)

Amelia Horgan

Olivia Arigho-Stiles

Anam Kuraishi

Jordan Savage (resigned Jan 2021)

Ex officio:            Steve Sangwine (former branch president and NEC treasurer)


Returning Officer

Tom Cornford, Law

The returning officer is appointed by the Committee and is responsible for organising all local elections and ballots.

Congress Representatives

not decided for 2020-2021

Congress representatives are elected at annually and represent Essex UCU at meetings of National Congress and the Higher Education Sector Conference (HESC).


Departmental Representatives

Departmental representatives (dep reps) are the first point of contact between the department and the union. If your department is not represented in the list below, please contact Lorraine Collins

Dep reps will be approved at each annual AGM as per the list below on that date.

Department Representative
Academic Section Lynne Jordan

Dave Rush (Skills for Success)

 Life Sciences  Nelson Fernandez
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Martin Reed

Javier Andreu-Perez

Communications and external relations Safwaad Ahmed
Economics Kate Rockett
Essex Business School Nicholas Beuret M&M

Sandra Moog, OSHRM

(large dept so we require additional reps for the Accounting dept)

Government Anam Kuraishi

Gina Reinhardt

Health and Social Care Ewen Speed
History Peter Gurney
IT Services Nigel Bryant
ISER Paul Siddall
Pathways Essex Billy Woods
Language and Linguistics Aulaya Dos Santos
Law Tom Cornford, Tom Flynn
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies Nic Blower
Mathematics Jesus Martinez-Garcia
Physics Centre Martin Reed CSEE
Planning Office Sarah Manning-Press Research & Enterprise Office
Psychology Geoff Cole
Research & Enterprise Office Sarah Manning-Press
School of Philosophy and Art History Irene McMullin
Sociology Michael Bailey
Southend Campus Karen Hudson
SRES John Mills
UK Data Archive Sharon Bolton

Human Resources:  Samer Gharib

Edge Hotel: Jenny Kaye



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