Jim Moher

Jim Moher is a former National Officer of the T&GWU and CWU (Legal, Employment,Political Officer) 1974-2006 (now retired); he has been a Labour councillor and Executive Member in the London Borough of Brent since 2002; since 2006 a Trade Union, Labour, Social and Economic historian – tutor at Ruskin College and founding member of the History & Policy Trade Union Forum.

Shaun Jeffrey

As a Unite – the union activist working in horticulture, Shaun is a long standing delegate to the London and Eastern regional committee for the historic Rural, Agriculture and Allied Workers industrial sector. He also sits on the National committee of that industrial sector within Unite.


As president of the Waveney trades council, he is also a delegate to the South East Region TUC regional council. He is also a trustee of the Burston Strike School museum (in Norfolk, near Diss!), and part of the organising committee for the annual strike school rally, whose efforts helps commemorate what is known as ‘The Longest Strike in History’.

Simon Sapper

Simon joined the then NCU in 1989 and is its longest serving National Officer – prior to that he worked for IPMS (now Prospect) and the Anti Apartheid Movement (now transformed into ACTSA).

He is currently responsible for CWU’s relations with other unions, CWU Youth, the National Discipline Committee, strategy delivery, project management, field development and initiatives and CWU union awards. He also represents the union on/to a number of outside bodies including Liberty and Unions21.

Simon has previously filled a variety of roles including National Health & Safety Officer, Legal Services Officer, Officer to the Standing Orders Committee and Assistant Secretary (Telecoms and Financial Services) – looking after members working in those sectors.

Outside of the CWU, Simon is Press Complaints Commissioner, and a member of Liberty’s National Policy Council.

Michael Wheeler

Michael is a councillor in Salford, union branch chair and works as a researcher for Usdaw. He has served as one of the Trade Union Reps on the Young Labour National Committee for the past two years and is particularly interested in promoting trade union membership amongst young people and ways in which the movement can broaden its appeal and strengthen links with the Labour Party.

John Gray

UNISON Branch Secretary and NEC member for Community & Voluntary sector, Labour Councillor for West Ham ward Newham and Group Secretary. Pension Trustee. Association Member Nominated Trustees – Chair of Defend and Promote Defined Benefit Pension schemes.

Jonathan Todd

Jonathan Todd is an economic consultant. He is presently estimating the economic contribution of the music industry for UK Music and researching apprenticeships for Demos. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant at Europe Economics and has managed pan-EU research studies for both the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Raj Jethwa

Raj Jethwa is Head of Research for the Police Federation of England and Wales. In that role he has advised the organisation and the wider Staff Side of the Police Negotiating Board on some of the key issues facing the police service, including the Winsor Review of pay and conditions, the Hutton Review of public service pensions and the creation of the College of Policing. Prior to joining the Police Federation, Raj worked as an organising officer and then a policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, where he covered a wide range of issues, including higher education policy, regional development and organising initiatives and employment rights for young people. Raj previously worked as research officer for Incomes Data Services and as a researcher for Frank Dobson MP. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he was also a member of the Court of Governors, and a  Visiting Fellow at Kingston University.

John Rimmer

John started teaching in 1973 at English Martyrs RC High School and became Head of the Physical Education Department in 1979.   He is a qualified FA Coach, a Rugby League Coach, has a PGA Teaching Certificate in Golf and is a qualified Basketball referee.  John became NASUWT National Junior Vice-President in 2009, Senior Vice-President in 2010 and President in 2011. He is also a member of the National Committee of Justice for Colombia and is a regular speaker at TUC and ETUCE.

Chris Ball

Chris BallChris is Chief Executive of TAEN – The Age and Employment Network – a charity and centre of expertise in age and employment. The TUC and a number of unions are members as well as other organisations with an interest in the older worker and the labour market.


Prior to working for TAEN, Chris was a freelance journalist, an independent researcher on work issues and for many years, a national officer of MSF now part of Unite. Chris has researched and written on all aspects of Age Management needed in a context of demographic change and population ageing.


Chris is involved in several national and international projects researching and delivering support on age management best practices.  These include the ESF Age Network supporting 15 country and regional delivery bodies of the European Social Fund and (currently) a major survey of the European chemicals industry.


For more information or membership of TAEN Contact chris.ball@taen.org.uk or see www.taen.org.uk for further details. Chris blogs on www.taen.org.uk/blog

Amanda Ramsay

Amanda is a Unite member (NISC and RISC CYW and Not for Profit) and Labour Party activist from Bristol South @AmandaRamsay