UNISON South Western Ambulance and Allied Health Branch has over 3,000 members. The Branch is made up of all of its members. Some members are elected by the membership to play different roles such stewards and branch officers. Here are some of the key members of our branch team:
Yvonne Burke – Branch Chairman & Treasurer
Yvonne facilitates Branch and committee meetings and acts as a senior negotiator with employers. Her role is to ensure that the Branch runs according to the rules of UNISON in the best interests of our members. Yvonne is based at Wimborne Station.
Chris Nelson – Branch Secretary
Chris is the main point of contact person with the employers and the wider union. He ensures that all matters of Branch administration run smoothly. Chris is based from Trust HQ at Exeter and travels Trust-wide. Chris spearheads many of the branch’s projects, including the new website.
Jo Fowles – Assistant Branch Secretary
Jo is a paramedic based at Soundwell Station in Bristol. Jo assists the Branch Secretary in coordinating the Branch Team, negotiating with employers and representing members in the most serious or complicated cases.
Dave Phillips – Assistant Branch Secretary
Dave is a Paramedic based at Frome, Somerset. Dave assists the Branch Secretary in coordinating the
Dave assists the Branch Secretary in coordinating the Branch Team, negotiating with employers and representing members in the most serious or complicated cases.
Charlotte Worthington – Branch Administrator
Charlotte is the glue that holds the Branch team together. She runs the Branch Office, coordinates diaries handles administration and acts as first point of contact for any enquiries coming in to the Branch Office.
Adrian House – Branch Health & Safety Officer & Vice Chairman
Adrian leads a team of eight Health and Safety Representatives and joint chairs the SWAST H&S committee which reports to the board. For UNISON he is the vice chair of the South West Regional H&S committee. As well as making approximately fifty workplace inspections across SWAST, he attends many formal meetings within the trust from local LCC to the H&S executive . Adrian was awarded the UNISON Regional and National Health and Safety Representative of the Year Awards 2018 which he dedicated to the UNISON SWAAHB Health and Safety Team.
Gordon Bailey – Joint Branch Retired Members Secretary
Steve Gazzard – Joint Branch Retired Members Secretary
Tom Louis – Joint Branch Retired Members Secretary
Allan Baker – Branch Environment Officer
Chay is a Steward at Taunton, Somerset.
Chris Hewett – Branch Communications Officer
Chris takes information from the Branch Team and turns them into circulars and notices for members. He is one of the branch team who run the social media accounts for the branch, including Facebook and Twitter. Chris is specially trained to produce press releases, make media appearances and support other members who are making statements to the press.
Clare is Steward based at HQ in Exeter. She has a keen interest in advocacy case work supporting members facing sickness and disciplinaries and also sits on the Staff Wellbeing Engagement Group to help implement mental health initiatives across the Trust.
Ellie is a steward covering Cornwall.
Work Place Contact, Bristol.
Jacky Owen – Branch Women’s Officer & Branch Welfare Office
Louise is a steward in East Cornwall.
Maggie is a Steward in East Cornwall.
Marcus is a Steward and Health and Safety Representative in Cornwall.
Clinical Hub Lead Steward for East and West Divisions, Michelle is also our Branch Equalities Officer. Michelle also represents members at a national level as part of the UNISON National Executive Committee. She is also active with the Torbay And South Devon Trades Council.
Mike, who works for a private ambulance PTS company and represents members, particularly those who have joined or been TUPEd to private providers.
Based at Ilminster, Nick is the Somerset Sector Secretary.
Based at Glastonbury Ambulance Station
Pete Hornsby – Branch Pensions Officer
An RRV paramedic based in St Leonards, Peter is a keen member of the peer support team and a trained TRiM Practioner with a passion for staff welfare and support in difficult times.
Steward in Cornwall
Stuart is the Work Place Contact for staff at Illminster, Somerset.
Tara Quinn – Branch Magazine Officer
Cornwall Sector Secretary.