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:
Chris Nelson – Branch Chairman
Chris facilitates Branch and committee meetings and acts as a senior negotiator with employers. His role is to ensure that the Branch runs according to the rules of UNISON in the best interests of our members. Chris is based from Trust HQ at Exeter.
Yvonne Burke- Branch Secretary
Yvonne is the main point of contact person with the employers and the wider union. She ensures that all matters of Branch administration run smoothly. Yvonne is based at Wimborne Station and travels Trust-wide.
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 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
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.
Chris is a Steward based at Honiton Station
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.
Based at Ilminster, Nick is the Somerset Sector Secretary.
Based at Glastonbury Ambulance Station
Pete Hornsby – Branch Pensions Officer
Stuart is the Work Place Contact for staff at Illminster, Somerset.
Cornwall Sector Secretary.