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
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
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.