GEC responsibilities


Martin Cavanagh

DWP constitutional issues, group finance, policy co-ordination and delivery, liaison with DWP trade union structures, liaison with other DWP unions, liaison with PCS national officials, employee relations, dispute resolution. Chair of employee relations sub-committee, chair of officers’ meetings, chair of pay team, chair of editorial board, chair of campaigns/disputes committee, chair of commercial sector liaison, welfare policy.

Vice presidents

Marie McDonough – Chair of operations TUS (CMG, Fraud), chair of CMG advisory committee, chair of personnel sub-committee, chair of fraud advisory committee, pay team, *Operations Planning and Performance (shared).

Annette Rochester – Chair of operations TUS (Work Services Directorate), chair of operations advisory committee (Work Services), chair of O&E, chair of L&D, chair of equality advisory committees, chair of H&S advisory committee.

Ian Wikinson – Chair of Corporate Centre TUS, chair of Corporate Centre advisory committee, chair of PMA advisory committee.

Katrine Williams – Operations trade union side chair (pensions, benefits & network services), chair of operations advisory committee (Pensions, Benefits and Network Services), employee relations, OED except Fraud, Pay Team, *Operations Planning and Performance (shared)


Matt Cunningham
Organisation, Education and Recruitment, Learning, Commercial Sector liaison, Conference Arrangements.


Bashir Chilwan
Responsible for group finance, secretary to finance working party.

Journal editor

Sarah Spencer
Responsible for group journal, secretary to editorial board.

Young members officer

Nicole Wells
Responsible for young members' issues, secretary to young members' advisory committee

Equality officer

Bridget Corcoran
Responsibility for equality issues and secretary to equality advisory committees

Health and safety officer

Carol Revell
Group lead on health and safety issues.

Assistant secretary work areas

Dave Burke/Angela Grant

Conditions of service, personal cases and equality

Ian Pope
Working Age and WSD, UC Shared

Sam Hall
Corporate Centre, PMA, Resources, Staffing and Estates, Universal Credit (shared)

Steve Swainston
CMG, RPD, OED, Apprentices, Contraced Customer Services/Privatisation, Commercial Sector liaison

Tom Bishell
CFCD,Digitalisation, Apprentices,Commercial Sector Liaison Group

Carrie Anne Watkins
Equality(shared), Health & Safety

David Burke

  • Attendance management programme
  • Competency framework
  • CS competency scheme advice
  • Data Protection Act
  • Decision makers guide
  • Disciplinary procedures/policy
  • Dress standards
  • Flexible working hours
  • Grievance procedures
  • Human Rights Act
  • Independent panel
  • Mobility policies
  • Name badges
  • Occupational health services
  • Overpayment of salary
  • Outside occupations
  • People performance
  • Political activities
  • Security procedures
  • Sick leave policy
  • Special payments policy
  • Staff clubs
  • Staff survey
  • Standards of behaviour
  • Working patterns/hours of work
  • Working time agreement

Angela Grant

  • Annual leave
  • Unsatisfactory performance
  • Business travel
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Employee assistance
  • Equality
  • FTAs and casuals
  • Grading
  • Green issues/sustainable development
  • Harassment/discrimination/bullying
  • Learning and development
  • Maternity rights/leave
  • New deal
  • Pensions
  • Privilege leave
  • Probation
  • Promotion
  • Poor performance
  • Reinstatement
  • Recruitment/selection
  • Retirement/exits
  • Special leave
  • Subsistence
  • Temporary promotion (TDA)
  • Transfers/DD
  • Well being at work/stress
  • Workforce/surplus management

Personal case advice and support

Page last updated 16 July 2019

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