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Our people

The TUC team works in Congress House in London, in Brussels, and across England and Wales.

We’re led by our General Secretary, Paul Nowak, and supported by our Assistant General Secretary, Kate Bell.

If you would like to interview Paul or Kate, please contact the TUC media team.

The TUC believes that all organisations should publish information about their gender pay gap to support the fair treatment and reward of all workers irrespective of gender, so we are publishing our gender pay gap even though we have fewer than 250 employees.

Paul Nowak, General Secretary

Paul leads the TUC. He's our chief spokesperson, and is responsible to the General Council for the day-to-day running of the organisation. Paul has held this post since January 2023.

Kate Bell

Kate Bell, Assistant General Secretary

Kate supports Paul in leading the TUC. Kate works with external stakeholders on behalf of the TUC and is responsible for inter-union relations. She also leads on internal TUC matters.

Paul and Kate are supported by a small management team, who deliver the TUC’s priorities day-to-day.

Antonia Bance

Antonia Bance, Head of Campaigns and Communications 

Antonia leads all of the TUC’s parliamentary, media, campaigning and communications activity, and has particular responsibility for digital and organising young workers who aren't in unions. 

Kevin Rowan

Kevin Rowan, Head of Organising, Services and Learning 

Kevin is responsible for the TUC’s public policy influencing on public services and health & safety, and leads the TUC’s organising, reps training and support to unions. He also leads the TUC’s unionlearn programme to help union members get new skills, and manages the TUC’s regional offices and TUC Wales.

Kudsia Batool, Head of Equalities and Strategy

Kudsia Batool, Head of Equality and Strategy

Kudsia leads on strategic priorities for the TUC, equalities policy and the TUC’s Anti-Racism Task Force.

Matilda Quiney,

Matilda Quiney, Head of Management Services and Administration 

Matilda leads the TUC’s finance, IT and human resources functions, and is responsible for Congress Centre, the TUC’s conference and events business.

Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith, Head of Rights, International, Social and Economics

Nicola leads the TUC's work on boosting employment rights, promoting social and economic policies that benefit working people, and building international solidarity.

Shavanah Taj, General Secretary, Wales TUC

Shavanah Taj is General Secretary of the Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC), previously a position held by Martin Mansfield. The team are responsible for TUC activity on issues that are the responsibility of the Welsh government. Wales TUC

English regional secretaries and their teams make sure that we are close to the concerns of unions and their members across England.

Lee Barron, Regional Secretary, TUC Midlands

Jay McKenna, Regional Secretary, TUC North West

Ines Lage, Regional Secretary, TUC South West

Sam Gurney, Regional Secretary, TUC London, East and South East

Liz Blackshaw, Regional Secretary, TUC NorthernYorkshire and the Humber

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