About Us – Our committee and how we work

Not a member yet? Here are 10 Reasons to Join UNISON at the University of Birmingham.

Find out more about joining the branch.

The UNISON University of Birmingham branch represents support staff and academic-related staff either directly employed by the University of Birmingham, the Guild of Students, the Edgbaston Park Hotel or by private contractors. We negotiate for better pay and conditions collectively for all support staff, whether they are UNISON members or not. We also help individual members with advice and representation, and we campaign for a fairer and better society. We put jobs and education before profit. You can join online or by filling out a hard copy application form

When you make the decision to join UNISON you become part of an active community of professionals supporting each other. Every member who becomes active in our union makes it stronger, whether it’s getting involved in our campaigns, attending your branch meetings, volunteering to help your local branch committee, training to become a representative or standing for election. We are a vibrant, active democratic community committed to improving the lives of our members at work. Get involved and help make us even more effective!

We represent staff in every department of the University, as well as those working at the Hotel and the Guild. You can also join the union if you are employed by a Temp Agency such as Pertemps, or working on a casual contract via Worklink. 

Branch democracy

UNISON branches are accountable to their members – we hold regular meetings to decide branch policy. There are usually 1 hour meetings every month with a longer annual general meeting every year. Full details of our meeting arrangements can be found in the branch rules. We try and make our meetings as accessible as possible including scheduling multiple slots at different times and also trying to make every meeting a “hybrid” online and in person meeting where we can. You can see examples of motions passed by our meetings on our blog.

In between meetings decisions are made by our committee, elected yearly at our Annual General Meeting. All officers are elected from amongst the membership while receiving training and support from UNISON’s national structures.

Our current committee

You can contact the committee by emailing unisonbham@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Please use this address for contacting any of the officers below – we’ll pass your message on.


  • Chair – Jodie Hopewell
  • Branch secretary (joint) – Lee Crutchley
  • Branch secretary (joint) – Mike Moore
  • Treasurer – Rory Shannon
  • Equality officer & Black members’ officer – Paula Douglas
  • Women’s officer – Alison Dingle and Emma Green
  • Communications officer – Lizee Oliver
  • Retired members’ officer – Alice Mulholland

Local reps

  • H&S rep for cleaning services – Stephen Haynes
  • H&S rep for library services – Mohammed Al-Dhubab
  • More TBC soon!

Interested in getting more involved as an Officer, Steward or Workplace Contact? See our join and get involved page!