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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, Frances O’Grady, and by our Deputy General Secretary, Paul Nowak.

If you would like to interview Frances or Paul, 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.

Frances O’Grady

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary

Frances leads the TUC. She's our chief spokesperson, and is responsible to the General Council for the day-to-day running of the organisation. Frances has held her post since 2013, and is the first woman general secretary of the TUC.

Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary

Paul supports Frances in leading the TUC. Paul works with external stakeholders on behalf of the TUC, sits on the board of ACAS and is also responsible for inter-union relations.

​​Frances and Paul 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. 

Kate Bell

Kate Bell, Head of Rights, International, Social and Economics

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

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.

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.

Bill Adams, Regional Secretary, TUC Yorkshire and Humber

Lee Barron, Regional Secretary, TUC Midlands

Jay McKenna, Regional Secretary, TUC North West

Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary, TUC South West

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

Liz Blackshaw, Regional Secretary, TUC Northern

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