Sharon is communications officer for BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment union. BECTU represents staff and freelances working throughout the creative sectors including in public service and commercial broadcasting, independent programme production, film, theatre and live events.
Ryan is national chair for CWU Youth, having held the position since June 2011. He’s also active within the Labour Party, as well as being a campaigner for LGBT Labour where he holds the regional secretary position for Yorkshire and Humber. He’s currently going through the process for selection as a candidate for the local council where he lives in West Yorkshire. Ryan works within Learning and Development for one of the UK’s leading mobile communication networks.
Ryan has a keen interest in travel and is a dab hand in the kitchen.
Cat is the founder of We Own It. She ran a successful local rail campaign in Bristol before working at Campaign for Better Transport for three years where she lobbied nationally on behalf of bus and train passengers. She has also worked for a credit union and a sustainability consultancy. Cat previously studied PPE at Oxford University.
Paul is Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Birmingham’s Business School. He was formerly at the Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick, where he researched workplace employment relations for many years and edited two editions of the text on Industrial Relations.
Alan is researcher for a Labour MP and a member of Unite. He writes in a personal capacity. He is interested in the role that Trade Unions and other collective democratic associations can play in civil society and a 21st century political economy. Before working in Parliament, Alan worked in think-tanks, including Demos and the Innovation Unit, and for the educational social enterprise Future First. He is also currently volunteering as a Debate Mate Mentor, helping disadvantaged school children to improve their debating and communication skills.
His other interests include Indie music, Dalston and regularly watching the slow motion car-crash that is Sunderland AFC. University of Manchester forever.
Max started working for Working Lives Research Institute in 2005, and is now Communications officer. He is Chair of the London Met UNISON Branch and a member of their National Executive Council (NEC).
John is General Secretary of the Paris-based Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).
Prior to joining TUAC, his previous appointments have included Research Officer at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels, Industry Secretary at the International Federation of Commercial, Clerical and Technical Employees (FIET) in Geneva and Economist in the Economic Department of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in London.
John has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (1973). He is currently a member of the Board of the Global Reporting Initiative, and member of the Helsinki Group.
Simon Parry is the founder and managing director of Infobo (please link: www.infobo.com), a website development and internet consultancy specialising in trade unions. Before this Simon was Head of Information and Website systems at Prospect.
Simon has been working with unions and technology since finishing a post graduate in Information Science, and has pioneered the use of website technologies, including the first union website to enable members to view and amend their details, and the earliest virtual branch systems. He has also instigated other developments in the way unions use the internet, such as full online joining systems, responsive website design, apps and search engine optimisation.
Simon regularly publishes his views in Labour Research magazine and is a member of the NUJ’s New Media Industrial Council.