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Key Contacts



Mike Kirby

Pat Rowland

Mike and Pat, Scottish Region Delegates

Mike Kirby and Pat Rowland are Scotland's delegates to Conference, elected by the Scottish Council of branches earlier this year. They are an essential source of information and fulfil a key organisational role.

They can help you liaise with other branches and regions throughout the week. They are very approachable and will keep you right if you need any advice. They will know how debates are being organised, who to speak to and, more importantly, how to get to speak. They will advise on Scottish policy and will speak for the Region in debates.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith, Scottish Secretary

Matt Smith is Scotland's top full time official, leading the union in Scotland in partnership with Mike Kirby, the elected lay convenor. Matt has a long and distinguished history in the trade union movement in Scotland. He is treasurer of the Scottish Trade Union Congress and is a past president of the STUC.

Christine Wilde

Christine Wilde, National President

Christine Wilde is the current president of UNISON, the highest lay member position. She will chair Conference throughout the week. She is a midwife with the Isle of Wight Healthcare Trust. She joined COHSE in 1976, becoming a shop steward almost immediately, and was elected chair of the branch in 1980. In 1988 she joined the NEC of COHSE and has sat on UNISON's NEC since its formation in 1993.

Dave Prentis

Dave Prentis, General Secretary

Dave Prentis was elected general secretary of UNISON in 2000, took up the post on 1 January, 2001 and was re-elected last year. Dave was born and brought up in Leeds and went to the University of London where he took a BA in history. This was followed by an MA in industrial relations at the University of Warwick. He is a member of the TUC General Council, the TUC Executive and the Trade Union Labour Party Liaison Committee.

Robin Hunter

Robin Hunter, Standing Orders Committee

Rep Robin Hunter is Scotland's rep on the Standing Orders Committee which sets out the business for the week. He is the source of information on what's going on and whether your motion has any chance!


Conference briefings and website service

John Stevenson
John Stevenson

Jane Aitchison
Jane Aitchison

Bernard Kamya
Bernard Kamya

The Scottish Communications and Campaigning Committee, along with the Regional delegates, will issue daily briefings.

It is not a ‘News' service after the event (after all you were there), it is for briefing delegates before the event.

However, we will issue some special reports as a basis for branch magazine reports back home.

We will also be updating the website with most of what goes out in print so you can get easy access.

The service is also there to be used by branches to promote motions within Scottish policy.

In special circumstances we can also help with typing and communications with branches, press etc back home.

Your contact is SiU editor John Stevenson who leads the team with Jane Aitchison as depute and new victim volunteer Bernard Kamya.

Various other members of the committee will be helping out throughout the week as will several delegates, although they don't know it yet.

You will find the team in the Newsheet area but please do not visit in numbers, it is very busy.

On the Conference floor, you will find John Stevenson in seat D15 with his delegation.