Liz Pemberton - Vice-Chair

Started work as an Executive Officer with the Department of Employment.  Went to my first union AGM, made the mistake of speaking and found myself on the Branch Executive Committee before I left the room. Held a number of Branch posts, including Chair and Secretary; elected to Group (Departmental) Executive Committee; elected as Chair of Group Executive Committee; elected to National Executive Committee; elected delegate for my union (SCPS, NUCPS, PTC, PCS – union mergers led to name changes) to TUC and Women’s TUC on numerous occasions; Chair of the Group Women’s Advisory Committee and member of National Women’s Advisory Committee. Chair of the London Region Trade Union Side of MSC Training Agency. Chair of the Departmental Trade Union Side and pay consortium. Chair of Left in NUCPS and active in founding Left Unity in PCS.

On 100% trade union facility time for over 15 years and decided to step down; applying on promotion for the post of Team Leader responsible for equality and diversity for the Department as an employer. Author of the DCSF equality action plan – mandatory for all government departments. Plan rated as best in Whitehall following peer review by Cabinet Office and group of Permanent Secretaries. Two other promotions followed and left the Department for Education as a Deputy Director in HR at the end of 2011, taking early retirement (never changed departments but with machinery of government changes you end up wherever they send you!).

Meg Munn asked me to do paid research for her into historical child abuse in C of E and Catholic Church. She then asked me to manage her office.

Active in the Labour Party (1975 – 1985 and 1997 to date (except for two years when politically restricted)) and the Communist Party of Great Britain (1985 – 1991). Supporter of Campaign for Labour Party Democracy. In the past active in CND; Anti Apartheid; Cuba Solidarity; War on Want; National Assembly of Women; Palestine Solidarity Campaign; Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign.

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