Joe Dromey

Joe joined the IPA in 2012 as Head of Policy and Research. He plans, manages and delivers IPA’s research projects, which focus on employee engagement and social partnership in the workplace. IPA aim to improve workplace relationships and the quality of work so that it supports the wellbeing of employees and increases productivity for the organisation.

Before joining the IPA, Joe worked in policy in local government as well as in welfare to work and as a researcher for an MP.

Stacey Gray

Stacey Gray photoStacey Gray is President of NASUWT Cornwall and the Regional Committee Young Member’s Officer. Qualifying in 2006, she’s an English Teacher and Head of Year. Her interests are walking her two dogs at the beach, reading, baking (when she gets the time) and proper camping (no shower blocks, plugs, etc. just wide open spaces!)

Jon Skewes

Jon Skewes provides strategic leadership to the policy, employment relations and communication function of the RCM across the UK, and he is also the RCM’s senior negotiator on behalf of Midwives and Maternity Support Workers (MSWs).


Jon represents the RCM on the NHS Social Partnership Forum, the NHS Staff Council and its Executive. He also sits on the European Union Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector Committee, the Executive of the European Public Services Union and its Health and Social Care Committee.


Jon is Vice Chair of Unions 21 and a trustee of Heartlands in West Cornwall.

Marion Colverd

Marion has been General Manager of TU Fund Managers Ltd for the past 11 years.  Prior to this Marion worked at Hill Samuel Asset Management – also for 11 years – where she was first introduced to  the Chairman and Directors of TU. Having studied Industrial Relations as part of her degree in Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin (1985 to 1989), she has always felt a strong affinity with the trade union movement.


Perhaps it’s in the blood – after all, her home town of Tralee in the west coast of Ireland has played host to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on numerous occasions.

Warren Town

Currently the Director of Industrial Strategy for the Society of Radiographers who has held a variety of national trade union positions in Health. A New Zealander, who arrived in the UK in 1979 and became a full time officer for the SOR in 1981 having worked in NZ in industry and as a Radiographer.


As a keen motorcyclist, activist and conservationist [he says they are compatible] he considers that the development of the young by small unions and the TUC to develop an understanding of why it is important to belong and work together, is paramount for trade unions survival in the future.

Nita Clarke

Nita Clarke is the Director of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), Britain’s leading organisation delivering workplace support for good employment and industrial relations. She was vice-chair of the MacLeod Review on employee engagement and continues to work with David MacLeod on the new national Employee Engagement task force, launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2011.


She was appointed as Vice-President (employee relations) by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development in January 2012, and is a visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She is also a member of the Mutuals Task Force established by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in 2011.


She was formerly the adviser on trade unions to Prime Minister Tony Blair, working as assistant political secretary in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street from January 2001 to June 2007. Her role included liaison with individual unions and the TUC, developing national policy in areas such as the two-tier workforce and work-life balance, supporting ministers by trouble-shooting in industrial disputes. Nita was a senior official with public services union UNISON from 1992 -2001. She is the author of the report, The way forward: trade unions and the third sector, commissioned by ACEVO.

Chris Gray

Chris Gray photoChris Gray is the full time Vice-President for Postgraduates at Oxford University Student Union. He recently completed a 2 year research degree at Oxford in labour history, focusing in particular on the challenges the labour movement has faced in Northern Ireland and the methods it used to overcome them. During this period he also worked full time as a Labour Party organiser for the 2010 local elections and developed a practical interest in community organising. He is a member of Unite.

Tony Short

Tiget Tony Tony Short is a union branch secretary and political activist. He writes in a personal capacity as a rank and file union member. Based in Manchester he occasional returns to his home town to support Atherstone Town football club.

Gregor Gall

Gregor Gall is Research Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Hertfordshire.  He lives in Edinburgh and was previously Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Stirling. He researches and writes primarily about unions and industrial relations, with a particular interest in the labour movement and the politics of Scotland. He is author of The Political Economy of Scotland: Red Scotland?  Radical Scotland? (University of Wales Press, 2005), Tommy Sheridan: from hero to zero? A political biography (Welsh Academic Press, 2012) and a frequent contributor to the Morning Star, the Scotsman, and a member of the editorial board of the Scottish Left Review.

Mark Stuart

Mark Stuart photoMark Stuart is Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) at the University of Leeds. Mark has researched and published widely on the modernisation of employment relations, trade union change, skills formation and union-led learning. He has conducted numerous evaluations of the Union Modernisation Fund and Union Learning Fund, for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and unionlearn. He has held visiting academic positions at Cornell, Sydney and Monash and is currently the joint-Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Work, Employment and Society and Chair of the International Section of the American Labour and Employment Relations Association.