Branch Officers

 

Branch Secretary, Janet Walker
0208 496 4457
janet.walker@unisonwalthamforest.org.uk

The branch secretary is the main contact person with the wider union.  Acting as the strategic lead officer and co-ordinator within the branch; making sure that branch members are aware of opportunities to take part in the activities of the wider union, including self-organisation if appropriate and handles branch administration. They are also a senior negotiator.

H&S Officer, Annabelle Stanford
0208 496 4874 Annabelle.stanford@unisonwalthamforest.org.uk

Promoting health and safety at work.  Even though employers have clear legal duties to make sure that employment does not cause death, injury or ill-health, health and safety is a trade union issue and not something which can be left to management

 
Branch Organiser/Case Worker, Kamella Dorsett –
0208 496 4502 kamella.dorsett@unisonwalthamforest.org.uk

Deals with one to one and group communications, recruitment, organising and campaigning with outside employers and undertakes casework.

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Branch Chair, Jonathan Savage Jonathan.savage@walthamforest.gov.uk

The branch chair facilitates branch and committee meetings and may also be a senior negotiator

 
Vice Chair, Melinda Christopher Melinda.christopfher@walthamforest.gov.uk

 

 
International Officer, Nikki Russel nikki.russel@walthamforest.gov.uk

Develops and leads on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.

 
Treasurer, Oona Kelly
o.kelly@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk

Responsible for managing branch finances, including keeping accounts.

Women’s Officer, Jane Brueseke jane.brueseke@walthamforest.gov.uk

Builds links with women’s sector organisations, makes resources accessible to all women in the branch, a focal point for women’s issues for members and raising issues affecting women, supporting women.

Labour Link Officer, Yousaf Hassan Yousaf.hassan@walthamforest.gov.uk

Key contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters and is responsible for co-ordinating activities in the branch.

 

Publicity Officer, Yousaf Hassan Yousaf.hassan@walthamforest.gov.uk

Explains UNISON’s policies and provides information members need to play an active role in their union, produces news-sheets, bulletins or digital communication for distribution to branch members, monitors and liaises with local media.

Pensions Officer, Sandra Bennett Sandra.bennett@walthamforest.gov.uk

As the Pension Rep for the Branch, she cannot give financial advice but can provide information about pension entitlement and options and, where necessary, signpost members where they can get further help and assistance. She also sits on the Council’s Pension Board which oversees best practice and standards in relation to how the Local Government Pension Scheme is managed.

Equalities Officer, Janet Walker janet.walker@unisonwalthamforest.org.uk

Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

 

Young Members’ Officer, Danielle Dempsey Danielle.dempsey@walthamforest.gov.uk

Recruits new members, makes sure issues of concern to young workers are raised through the branch; acts as a focal point for young members and receives/distributes information.

Disabilities Officer, Phoebe Savidge phoebe.savidge@walthamforest.gov.uk

Works for disability equality in UNISON, bargaining for workplace reasonable adjustments, disability campaigning and organising

 

BRANCH OFFICER VACANCIES
Branch Education Co-ordinator

Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and branch officers.

Branch Welfare Officer

Makes sure that members seeking welfare assistance receive a prompt, supportive and effective response.

 

 
Environmental Officer

Co-ordinates the union’s green and environmental agenda in the branch.

 

 
LGBTQ+ Officer

Recruits LGBTQ+ workers into the union; encourages LGBTQ+ members to get involved; supports individual members; identifies and challenges discrimination; defends and promotes LGBTQ+ public services; campaigns for equality.

 
Retired Members’ Officer

The retired members’ officer enables retired members of the branch to continue to be active in the union through the branch’s retired members’ section.

Black Members’ Officer

Campaigns for equality in the workplace and the wider community and challenges racism and discrimination in the workplace.

 

If you are interested in any of the vacancies please contact admin@unisonwalthamforest.org.uk or call 0208 496 4703.