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 each AY open in Spring and are announced at the AGM in 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 2022 – AGM 2023

President                                                                 Jak Peake

Co Vice-President                                                Kate Rockett

Co Vice-President                                                Dave Rush

Secretary                                                                 Michael Bailey

Treasurer                                                                Billy Woods

Equality and Diversity Officer   

Membership and Recruitment Officer          Jordan  Osserman

Anti-casualisation officer                                Matt Bennett


Ordinary Committee members:    

Lorcan Whitehead (Casework Coordinator)

Jane Hindley (Environmental Rep)

Paul Siddall

Further ordinary members to be confirmed



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


Congress representatives are elected at annually or via GMs 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 Kester Richardson-Dawes

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

<!–Tom Flynn–> Tom Flynn (on research leave in early 2023)

Department Representative
Academic Section Lynne Jordan

Dave Rush (Skills for Success)

 Life Sciences Nelson Fernandez

Michelle Taylor

Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Martin Reed

Javier Andreu-Perez

Communications and external relations
Economics Kate Rockett
Edge Hotel School Jenny Kaye
Essex Business School Nicholas Beuret M&M

Sandra Moog, OSHRM

Rebecca Warren

Government Gina Reinhardt
Health and Social Care Ewen Speed
History Matthias Röhrig Assunção
HR Samer Gharib
ISER Paul Siddall
Pathways Essex Billy Woods
Language and Linguistics
Law Ebba Lekvall

Tara Van Ho

Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies Holly Pester

Owen Robinson

Mathematics Georgi Grahovski
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 Lorna Finlayson

Matteo Falomi

Sociology Michael Bailey

Colin Samson

Southend Campus
SRES John Mills
UK Data Archive Sharon Bolton

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