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Midlands Regional Organiser

1 October 2015

“Tim Johnson (Midlands Regional Organiser) is due to retire in November this year and currently works alone in our Coventry office. The Council at its meeting on 27/28th April supported my concerns on lone working and agreed that on Tim’s retirement the post of Midlands Regional Organiser should be based in the Manchester office and the Coventry office closed. However the council also decided that applications from candidates based in the Midlands should be encouraged.

In June, the General Secretary met with the Midlands Area Network comprising representatives from each of the branches covered by the Midlands Regional Organiser along with Sally Treble, Midlands Area Councillor and Tim Johnson. The members based in the Midlands clearly have a huge respect and admiration for the work and commitment Tim has given to the Midlands region over the years and they are going to miss him very much. Understandably they have concerns about who will replace him and how the job will be done.

They agreed that if possible to have an organiser who lives in the Midlands would be a great advantage. In addition members felt that an Organiser skilled and experienced in Equity matters was also important.

Taking all of this into account the decision has been made, in consultation with Unite (the staff union), to transfer Ian Bayes, a skilled and experienced Organiser who lives in Northampton, to the Midlands Regional Organiser post in the lead up to Tim’s retirement.

Ian will start on 15th October to allow a handover period with Tim and he will be based out of Guild House rather than Manchester as originally planned, because following discussions it was felt Ian was better able to organise and service members based from London.” 

CHRISTINE PAYNE - GENERAL SECRETARY     COUNCIL DOCUMENT 14  - 1st SEPTEMBER  2015

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