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Branch Committee

The UNISON at the University of Bath Committee is made up of the Branch Officers, Stewards and Health & Safety Reps. Your branch committee for 2017/18:

Branch Chair

Andie Barlow (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Facilitates Branch and committee meetings (some are also senior negotiators).

Branch Secretary

Christopher Roche (School of Management)
The main contact person with the wider union who handles Branch administration.

Branch Treasurer

Lucy Venables (School of Management)
Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.

Branch Membership Officer

Julie Samways (Estates)
Keeps track of the branch’s membership and works to develop recruitment and organising.

Communications Officer

Rachel Sherring-Lucas
Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media.

Health & Safety Officer

Steve Nicholson
Co-ordinates Health and Safety issues and the network of Health and Safety Reps.

Equalities Coordinator

Natalie May (School of Management)
Liaises with equality reps and has a branch wide equality role, helping to keep equalities central to the branch. Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues.

Branch Retired Members Secretary

Angela Harrington (UNISON Branch Office)
Enables retired members of the branch to remain active within the union.

Union Learning Representative

Julie Samways (Estates)
Encourage and support colleagues with learning in the workplace.

Labour Link Officer

Rachel Willis (Chemistry)
Key contact point for information about regional and national UNISON Labour Link matters and is responsible for coordinating our activities in the branch.

Branch Stewards

The fundamental building block of workplace organisation. The first point of contact for members, recruitment, representation, negotiation and more.

  • Julie Samways (Estates)
  • Kevin Kite (Security)
  • Steve Nicholson (Estates)
  • Marek Cyrklewicz (Accommodation, off campus)
  • Susan Sutcliffe (Hospitality, Sports Training Village)
  • Nicholas Harding (Security)
  • Christopher Roche (School of Management)
  • Andie Barlow (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Branch Health & Safety Reps

Campaign around Health & Safety issues for the Branch.

  • James Paradise (Security)
  • Robert Whalley (Sports Development & Recreation)
  • Steve Nicholson (Estates)
  • Christopher Roche (School of Management)
  • Ian Evans (Hospitality, Sports Training Village)


There are a number of vacancies on our committee. If you would like to find out more about a position, put yourself forward or nominate a colleague, contact the Branch Secretary.

Young Members Officer
Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the union.

Equalities Officers
Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues (there may be up to four per Branch).

Women’s Officer
Works to promote women’s rights and issues in the workplace.

International Officer
Helps to keep priorities of international members central to the branch and leads on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.

Education Co-ordinator
Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and Branch officers.