GEC responsibilities


Fran Heathcote

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

Martin Cavanagh – 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)


Marie McDonough
Organisation, Education and Recruitment, Learning, Commercial Sector liaison, Conference Arrangements.


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

Journal Editor

Rachael Watts
Responsible for group journal, secretary to editorial board.

YM Officer

Sarah Spencer
Responsible for young members' issues, secretary to young members' advisory committee

Equality Officer

Carrie Anne Watkins
Responsibility for equality issues and secretary to equality advisory committees

H&S Officer

Carol Revell
Group lead on health and safety issues.

Assistant Secretary Work Areas

Ian Pope
PIP, Disability Services and Dispute Resolution, working age benefits

Sam Hall
Corporate Centre, PMA, Pay, Resources, Staffing, *Estates (shared), Digitalisation, *Universal Credit (shared)

Bev Laidlaw
Counter Fraud & Compliance (includes NINOs) OED, Digitalisation, Health & Safety

Mark Page
Work Services, DWP Visiting, *Estates (shared), *Universal Credit (shared)

Steve Swainston
CMG, Pensions, Contracted Customer Services, Privatisation

David Burke and Angela Grant
Personnel and Conditions of Service, Green Issues/ sustainable development, Equality, Personal Case support, Well Being at Work/ Stress. WFM (including mobility, retirement/exits, surplus management), Grading

David Burke

  • Attendance Management Programme
  • Competency Framework
  • Data Protection Act
  • Decision makers Guide
  • Disciplinary Procedures/Policy
  • Dress Standards
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Human Rights Act
  • Name Badges
  • Overpayment of Salary
  • Outside Occupations
  • People Performance
  • Political Activities
  • Security Procedures
  • Sick Leave Policy
  • Staff Clubs
  • Staff Survey
  • Standards of Behaviour
  • Workforce Management
  • Working Patterns/Hours of Work
  • Working Time Agreement

Angela Grant

  • Annual Leave
  • Unsatisfactory Performance
  • Business Travel
  • Employee Assistance
  • Equality
  • FTAs and Casuals
  • Grading
  • Harassment/Discrimination/Bullying
  • Learning & Development
  • Maternity Rights/Leave
  • New Deal
  • Pensions
  • Privilege Leave
  • Probation
  • Promotion
  • Reinstatement
  • Recruitment/Selection
  • Retirement/ exits
  • Special Leave
  • Subsistence
  • Temporary Promotion (TDA)
  • Transfers/DD

Last updated 07 November 2017

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