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UCU trustee, general secretary and NEC elections 2023-24

25 January 2024

Ballots to elect a trustee, general secretary and vice-president (becoming president in 2026-27), and national executive committee members opened on 25 January 2024 and closed at 12noon on 1 March 2024.

Election of UCU general secretary

The result of the general secretary election has been announced and the following candidate is declared elected:


The scrutineer's report and count sheet are available here:
General secretary election 2024 scrutineer report [208kb]
General secretary election 2024 election result count sheet [127kb]

Find out more here: Jo Grady returned as UCU general secretary

The scrutineer's reports for all other 2024 elections are now available:

national seats 2024 [299kb]

FE seats 2024 [297kb]

HE seats 2024 [300kb]

The scrutineer for these elections was Civica Election Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. 

To be sent information in large print or other formats, or for further information about these elections, contact

Trustee, officer and NEC elections: results

Trustees (1 seat)

Dr Steve Sangwine (Eastern and Home Counties retired members' branch)

Trustee result sheet [133kb]

Vice-President from the further education sector (1 seat)

David Hunter (City College Norwich)

Vice-President result sheet [117kb]

Geographically-elected members of the National Executive Committee

Northern Ireland HE (1 seat)(uncontested)

Aisling O'Beirn (Ulster University)

Northern Ireland FE (1 seat)(uncontested)

Martina Donald (North West Regional College)

Wales HE (1 seat)

Estelle Hart (Swansea University)

Wales HE result sheet [134kb]

North East HE (3 seats)

Mark Taylor-Batty (University of Leeds)

Matt Perry (Newcastle University)

Andrew Feeney (Northumbria University)

North East HE result sheet [145kb]

North East FE (1 seat)

Elaine White (Bradford College)

North East FE result sheet [115kb]

London and the East HE (5 seats to include at least two women)

Cecilia Wee (Royal College of Art) [woman]

Sean Wallis (University College London)

Dr Rhian Elinor Keyse (Birkbeck, University of London) [woman]

Michael Abberton (University of Cambridge)

Christina Jessika Marie Paine (London Metropolitan University) [woman]

London and the East HE result sheet [182kb]

London and the East FE (2 seats)

Richard McEwan (New City College (Tower Hamlets))

Regine Pilling (Westminster Kingsway College (Capital City College Group))

London and the East FE result sheet [120kb]

UK-elected members HE (5 seats; to include at least one post-92, one academic-related and two women)

Ann Gow (University of Glasgow) [woman]

Saira Weiner (Liverpool John Moores University) [post-92, woman]

Marian Mayer (Bournemouth University) [post-92, woman]

Grant Buttars (University of Edinburgh) [academic related]

Dr Donna Brown (Royal Holloway, University of London)

UK HE result sheet [386kb]

UK-elected members FE (3 seats; to include at least one ACE and one woman)

Janet Farrar (The Manchester College) [woman]

Naina Kent (Hackney Learning Trust) [ACE, woman]

Duncan Moore (FE Central Group England) [ACE]

UK FE result sheet [159kb]

Representatives of women members (5 seats; three HE and two FE members to be elected)

Higher education (3 seats)

Jo Edge (University of Edinburgh)

Julie Hearn (Lancaster University)

Lesley Kane (Open University)

Representative of women members HE result sheet [172kb]

Further education (2 seats)

Safia Flissi (South and City College Birmingham)

Suzi Toole (Bolton College)

Representative of women members FE result sheet [136kb]

Casual vacancy: representative of land-based members (1 seat)(uncontested)

Kate Ferguson (Luminate Education Group (Leeds))

Nomination supported by the signatures of at least 10 members.

Relevant documents:

Calling notice: UCU2102.rtf | UCU2102.html

Election address form 23-24 [41kb]

NEC and officer role outlines 2023 [201kb]

UCU election and hustings guidance [59kb]

Election rules 2023 [128kb]


Last updated: 5 March 2024