NUT Representative and Officer of the Year Awards

31 March 2018

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, today presented awards to the Representatives and Officers of the Year for 2017/18. These awards recognise the hard work of reps and officers at every level of the Union.

Kevin Courtney said:“I congratulate all of our winners. Union reps and officers are a vital force. Their energy and commitment at the ‘front line’ is the lifeblood of what we do.”

Two national-level awards recognise exemplary work at local level. They are presented to:

Kate Taylor (Birmingham NUT)

Our national award for Representative of the Year is in recognition of Kate’s pro-active approach to recruitment and her binding of members together through monthly meetings. As well as her engagement with the school funding campaign, Kate has also been instrumental in the successful fight against academisation of the STEP schools in South Birmingham. “The positivity and warmth of the campaign was notable,” said a nominator, “involving generations from children to grandparents in building family atmosphere.” It garnered considerable local media attention.

Paul Welch (Durham Division of NUT)

The national award for Officer of the Year is in recognition of his work on pay campaigns in local schools, and the campaign against the proposed Durham Independent Grammar School. A prominent figure at RECT events, he has also worked closely with ATL-section colleagues to help forge a strong new union in Durham. To quote one of the nominators, “Many of us in Durham owe our continued activism to Paul’s support and guidance.” Another: “Dozens of teachers in the county owe their continuing careers to Paul.”

In total, nine regional/Wales Representative of the Year Awards and nine regional/Wales Officer of the Year Awards have been announced today.

The winners of the 2017/18 Regional/Wales Representative of the Year Awards are:

Northern: Leanne Bateson
North West: Rachael Farby
Yorkshire/Midland: Denis White
Midlands: Kate Taylor
Eastern: Maria Graziani
South East: Fiona Simpkin
South West: Lee Everson
London: Aisling Macsweeney and Anna Wolmuth
Wales: Kathryn Edwards

The winners of the 2017/18 Regional/Wales Officer of the Year Awards are:

Northern: Paul Welch
North West: Jessica Egelnick
Yorkshire/Midland: Mike Whale
Midlands: Shirley Perry and David Room
Eastern: Deirdre Murphy
South East: Warren Chambers
South West: Roland Hurrell and Sarah Murphy
London: Michael Parker and Hank Roberts
Wales: Paul Bedford
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