About

We are a branch of the UNISON trade union. We have nearly 2,000 members employed by Southend Council, South Essex Homes, Schools and many other public and private sector employers.

We are a democratic organisation run by our members, who elect officers and stewards to represent them. We have a Branch Executive Committee which meets every month. We send delegates to the Eastern Region of UNISON, and national conferences.

We all need support and representation at work. Trade unions are independent organisations which are our voice in the workplace and our communities. We need you to join us, so that you can get the support you need and so that we can be stronger and louder when we speak up for our members.


Who’s Who – Branch Officers

President | Gloria Lawton

Senior Vice President | Louise McDermott

Junior Vice President | Jo Gull

Secretary | Claire Wormald

Chair | Steve Cooper

Treasurer | Robert Harris

Education Officer | Laura Noakes

Welfare Officer | Liliana Baker

International Officer Vacant

Equalities Officer | Louise McDermott

Health & Safety Officer | Marco Woods

Assistant Health & Safety Officer | Louise McDermott

Black Members’ Officer | Gloria Lawton

Black Members’ Officer | Florence Nyarambi

LGBT+ Members’ Officer Vacant

LGBT+ Support Officer | Sam Adams

Disabled Members’ Officer | Jill Henson

Women’s Officer | Sam Reed

Communications Officer | Tim Sneller

Young Members’ Officer Vacant

Retired Members’ Officer | Roger Young

Retired Members’ Officer | Pam Drever


Who’s Who – Stewards

Department of People

Steve Cooper | Youth & Connexions

Victoria Pallen | Locality Teams

Sam Reed | Community Housing

Diane Fraser | Adult Services

Louise McDermott | Regulatory Services

Florence Nyarambi | Locality Teams

Ingrid Harvey | Integrated Commissioning Services

Department of Place

June Dillow | Museums & Libraries

Kevan Baker | Waste and Environmental

Marcus Woods | Parks, Health and Safety

Corporate Services

Robert Harris | Legal & Democratic

Liliana Baker | Council Tax and Benefits

South Essex Homes

Gordon Wells | Caretakers, Health and Safety

Pam Haffie | Careline, Nicholson House

Nadine Gould | Senior Steward

Neal Brown | untrained Steward

Schools – SBC

Sharon Hatton | Leigh North Street Primary School

Schools – Academies, non SBC

Mary Sykes | Futures Community College

Caroline Crofts | Hamstel Junior School

Jo Gull | Greenways Primary School

Victoria Crow | Thorpedene Primary School – Health and Safety

Laura Noakes | Thorpedene Primary School

Natalie Bose | Bournemouth Park Schools

Grace McArthur | Bournemouth Park Schools – Health and Safety

Gloria Lawton | Thorpedene Primary School

Private Sector

Sharon Needham | Southend Care

Matthew Moyes | Southend Care, untrained Steward

Peter Bulley | APCOA

Sharon Needham | Southend Care