date: 14 September 2006
embargo: Immediate release
Alison Shepherd, an administrator at Middlesex University and member of the public services union Unison, has been elected as TUC President today (Thursday).
Alison was elected at a meeting of the TUC's governing body - the General Council - on the last day of the 138th Congress in Brighton and takes over from Gloria Mills a senior Unison official.
Alison joined NALGO (one of Unison's founder unions) in 1972 and has been a union activist for more than 20 years. She is currently secretary of her Middlesex University Unison branch and chair of union's international committee.
Alison has represented Unison on the TUC General Council for over ten years and has held a number of important roles within Unison including a year as union President. During her career Alison has focused on improving the pay and working conditions of members working in higher education.
Alison Shepherd, TUC President, said:
'I look forward to my year as TUC President. It is as important as ever for people to belong and be active in a trade union and this is a great opportunity for me to spread that message.'
Alison is 55 and was brought up in Grinshill, Shropshire. She is also a keen Shrewsbury Town Football Club supporter.
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Issued: 14 September, 2006