FAQs – Executive Elections

Election for deputy general secretary 

The closing date for receipt of nominations in the above Deputy General Secretary Election was 13 September 2021.  The consent of any candidate to seek election may be withdrawn up to seven days following the close of nominations which was 20 September 2021.

A full list of valid nominations received by the end of 13 September 2021 for candidates are listed below :



Gawain Little

Barking & Dagenham, Barnsley, Bedford, Bexley, Birmingham, Bracknell Forest, Brent, Bromley, Buckinghamshire, Central Bedfordshire, City of Leicester, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Coventry, Croydon, Durham, Ealing, East Essex, East Kent, Hackney, Haringey, Hertfordshire, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Ipswich & South Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Islington, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewis, Eastbourne & Wealden, Luton, Manchester, Medway, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, North East Suffolk, North Somerset, North Tyneside, North Yorkshire, Nottingham, Oxfordshire, Redbridge, Rotherham, Sheffield,, Shropshire, South West Lancashire, Stockport, Stockton, Surrey, Swindon, Tameside, Tower Hamlets & The City, Trafford, Vale of Glamorgan, Wakefield, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Warwickshire, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Westminster, Worcestershire, Wrexham

Martin Powell-Davies

Bradford, Brighton & Hove, Doncaster, East Riding of Yorkshire, Fylde and Wyre, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Havering, Hull, Kensington & Chelsea, Kirklees, Lancaster & Morecambe, Leeds, Leicestershire, Lewisham, Liverpool, Newham, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oldham, Plymouth, Rochdale, Sandwell, Sefton, Southwark, Wigan

Niamh Sweeney

Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Caerphilly, Calderdale, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire West & Chester, Denbighshire, Devon, Monmouthshire, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport , Northern Ireland, Peterborough, Staffordshire, Walsall, West Essex, Wirral

The elections will open on 4 October and close on 29 October (midday).

Eligibility to Vote

All those, other than associate and student members, who are in membership of the Union at the date voting commences shall be entitled to vote in the election.

Information to assist districts with the nomination process is available here. Any queries should be sent to elections@neu.org.uk.

Vice president (x2): 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2026 and treasurer and membership & equalities officer - 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2024

The Executive have agreed the election timetable for the two Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Membership & Equalities Officer, which is set out below -

Election Timetable

  • 1 September 2021      -           Call for nominations via the e-Bulletin
  • 1 November 2021      -           Nominations open
  • 15 December 2021   -           Close of Nominations
  • 22 December 2021   -           Deadline for withdrawal of Nominations                             
  •   1 February 2022      -           Elections open
  •   1 March 2022          -           Elections close (midday)

These roles are an important part of the Union’s democratic structure and we encourage officers in districts to do all they can to encourage nominees for these vacancies.

Independent Scrutineer

The independent scrutineer appointed to oversee the elections is Civica (formerly ERBS). Any queries should be sent to elections@neu.org.uk.

Elections re-run results for districts 3,5 and 6 - 1 September 2021 - 31 August 2023

See the full report of the Independent Scrutineer, Civica, confirming the results of the Elections.

Elections to executive for period of office: September 2021 to August 2023

The full report of the Independent Scrutineer, Civica, confirming the results of the election, is here

Election for officers of vice-presidents (x2): 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2024 and treasurer and membership & equalities officer: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2022

See the full report of the Independent Scrutineer, Civica.

The independent scrutineer reports on all elections Reports can be requested via elections@neu.org.uk or by writing to:

Jayne Phillips
Assistant General Secretary
Business Services 
Hamilton House
Mabledon Place