Representative and Officer of the year awards 2019/20

The NEU invited members to nominate an NEU representative/officer, whom they feel should be recognised by the union for their hard work and commitment.

The awards are judged at regional level and are made up of one rep and one officer for each region in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Regional/Wales/Northern Ireland winners are then considered for the National Representative and Officer of the Year awards.

The national Officer and Representative 2019/20 winners

Sheila Jones: Officer of the year

Sheila Jones, Officer of the Year 2020

Officer of the year Sheila Jones Sheila Jones is very active as supply teacher officer within her district of Caerphilly. As well as vigorously promoting the union and its benefits, she has worked tirelessly to improve the pay and conditions of supply teachers in Wales who, up until recently, could sometimes be paid as little as £85 a day, while the agencies employing them took a large proportion of the daily fee charged to schools

Alex Boyce: Representative of the year

Image of Alex Boyce

Rep of the year Alex Boyce Alex Boyce is a teacher and rep in Yorkshire and Humber district. In October 2018 Alex started the Save the Pupil Referral Service campaign to protect his school, The Grove Academy Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Harrogate, from devastating cuts of up to 83 per cent proposed by the council. Alex’s school is one of a few PRUs in the country to be consistently judged Outstanding by Ofsted. In order to save his school, and the vulnerable children who attend it, Alex galvanised fellow teachers, parents and other unions to support the campaign.

The winners of the Regional and Wales Rep and Officer awards 2020  

East Midlands                          Samantha Lane

London                                    Louise Crimmins

North west                              Richard Smith

Northern                                 Stephanie Hancock

South East                               Diane Wilson

South west                              Rebecca Donnelly

Wales                                      Sheila Jones

West Midlands                        Simon Bennett and Gillian Clowe

Yorkshire and Humber            Steve Scott

Regional Rep of the year

East Midlands                          Katherine Carrick

Eastern                                    Ashley Hewitt and David Nunnery

London                                    Lindsay McDonagh and Rachel Shepherd

North west                              Vikhas Chechi-Ribeiro

Northern                                 Emma Thornton

South East                               Lisa Murray

South west                              Leo Nikolaidis

Wales                                      Zoe Harvey and Rhyan Parry

West Midlands                        Lucie Wheatcroft

Yorkshire and Humber            Alex Boyce

The hard work of our activists is the reason that the NEU have such a strong voice in education.