Mary Moore

Role: Branch Secretary | Labour Link Officer

Email: mary.moore@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Phone number: 01908 253883

After working for over 20 years in the private sector, I started working as a Teaching Assistant in a Bedford primary school in 2005. Since then, I’ve worked in various school roles, most recently as Safeguarding Officer in a secondary school.

I became Branch Secretary for the UNISON MK Area Branch in April 2018 on the retirement of Graham Blues. One of my main priorities in the role is to try to encourage more people, especially women and young members, to become active in the union as workplace stewards or branch officers.

As well as Branch Secretary, I am Vice Chair of the Regional Women’s Committee, Chair of the South East Regional Schools Forum and the region’s rep on the National Schools Sector Committee.

Away from the union, I spend much of my spare time reading and attracting stray cats.

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Joe McGovern

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Deborah Blackwell

Role: Joint Women's Officer

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David Smith

Role: Equalities Officer

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Curtis Thompson

Role: Young Members Officer

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Graham Taylor-Paddick

Role: LGBT Officer

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Dawn Harris

Role: Joint Women's Officer

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Simon Teesdale

Role: Treasurer | Health & Safety Officer

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Branch Chair – Vacant

Role: Branch Chair

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Olan Babarinde

Role: Equalities Officer | Labour Link Officer

Email: olan.babarinde@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Phone number: 01098 254407

As the Branch Equalities Officer, I am the identified point of contact in the branch for equalities issues. Equality is the bedrock of Unison and as such one of its main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. My role is therefore to coordinate and monitor this shared responsibility for tackling prejudices, discrimination and promoting equality.

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Priscilla Hogan

Role: Welfare Officer | Workplace Steward

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I joined UNISON in 1995 when I first worked as a Care Assistant at the then St Giles House for Older People. This establishment closed and the building was demolished; residents moved to a new home called Flowers House.

At the same time I worked part time with the National Probation Service in one of their Approved Premises in Great Holm. My role was to assist offenders coming from prison to find work and accommodation and monitor them not to re-offend.

In 2003 I applied for a job within the NHS in MKUH as a Nutrition Assistant as a part time worker. I loved the job but the hours were not enough for me to support myself and pay all my bills. However, I continued working at the Probation Service as a relief member of staff and my UNISON membership continued throughout.

In 2008 I saw an advert at Milton Keynes Council for a Community Support Worker to work with people who are infected/affected with HIV/AIDS. I got the job. I worked with Social Workers based in hospital. Due to my background from my native country I have had many relatives/friends who died from this killer disease. I still work with this group of clients in my current role. These days people are aware of the fundamental protection and or the so-called morning after treatment.

UNISON has/is always on my side as my friend at work. I have attended numerous training courses and events: UNISON Migrants at work, UNISON Women at Work and more. Caroline Raine (Area Organiser) was at each of the sessions and she said to me ’you have been a UNISON Member for a long time, so why don’t you become a Steward? I will support you’. In 2016 I spoke with Graham Blues then UNISON Branch Secretary, advising that I want to attempt to become a Workplace Steward. The Training was arranged for April 2017. This has given me confidence to stand up for myself and other members. I’m aware of how it is to be on the receiving end of poor treatment at work, but now I know what to say or do. I honestly suggest/advise members who are thinking of becoming Workplace Stewards that it is like a piece of my favourite Carrot Cake. In 2018 I undertook training to become the Branch Welfare Officer to support members who are disadvantaged needing financial support for children’s uniforms, white goods etc. and to help them find out which benefits they may be entitled to. It is a rewarding role to support members.

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Danny Conway

Role: Branch Rep

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I worked in Children’s Social Care from 1977 to 2013, most of it spent with Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Councils. I held a range of position including social worker, community centre manager, team manager, project manager and commissioning.

In 2015 I trained as Unison Steward so that together with other retired members we could help local Unison members who needed someone in their corner. I particularly find my extensive experience as a commissioner/negotiator helps when I am representing supporting members.

Outside the serious stuff I love playing tennis and hill walking with friends.

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David Outram

Role: Retired Members Secretary

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Wendy Porter

Role: Steward - The Redway School

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My name is Wendy Porter and I have worked at The Redway School (previously know as Queens School) for children with special needs since 1986.

I have been a member of the union for over 30 years and I am the Unison Steward for Redway.

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Education Co-ordinator – Vacant

Role: Education Co-ordinator

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Membership Officer – Vacant

Role: Membership Officer

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Comms Officer – Vacant

Role: Communications Officer

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International Officer – Vacant

Role: International Officer

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Black Members Officer – Vacant

Role: Black Members Officer

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Disabled Members Officer – Vacant

Role: Disabled Members Officer

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