Financial & Assistant Secretary (East)
I joined BT in November 1987 as what was called a
materials handler (stores) in the Aylesford District Warehouse.
I finally managed to sneak away from Materials in
1989 and became a CAL man, working in the Maidstone area. In 1994 I
transferred into the Tunbridge Wells area, and based at Heathfield,
it was at this point I became an union activist.
After 11 years as a field engineer, skilled in
CAL, OMI, FJ, Digital, PW, SFIO and even a bit of acting manager, I
decided to have a change in direction and went into Migration
Services based at Tunbridge Wells. It was at this point I decided to
become more of an activist and became the first Equal Opps Officer
for Tunbridge Wells.
Things have progressed since that date
and I have taken on many roles under the tutelage of the old chair Dennis
Noble, of which most important was Financial Secretary and Assistant
Secretary East. I now attend meetings with the SOM's and represent South
East Central in regional meetings, and defended many members who found
themselves on the wrong side of the discipline procedure.
am the branch union learning co-ordinator and have recently graduated from
Open University with an Honours Degree in History. I am avant fan of
education and believe most people are capable of higher education if only
given the oppotunity. As union learning co-ordinator I want to give
poeple this chance even if its just small tasters with the use of infromal
learning or free online course that I have advertised. But to be of greater
use to you, the members, I need to know what you want to learn, so please
drop me a line and let me know.
Learning is for everyone.
Outside of work, I am a councillor in
the Heathfield and Waldron parish council and am a happy
"Longbow Archer", (in archery longbow archers are known for
their strange happiness).
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