Our campaign founders

Mental health was chosen as a priority for the union at Community’s conference in Torquay at the end of June 2017. In a new approach, three potential areas were discussed and debated by delegates: mental health, apprenticeships and adult social care. There were informed and passionate speakers on each issue but delegates voted overwhelmingly for mental health to be the union’s first priority campaign.

The members that have been instrumental in shaping Community’s mental health campaign:

  • Christine O’Sullivan – Community member/activist and Labour councillor for North Lincolnshire Council
  • Adrian Cook – Long standing Community member and steelworker
  • Lynda Bruce – Community branch secretary
  • Paul Trippitt – Community health & safety rep
  • Stephen Steppens – Community NLBD rep
  • Nick Parkes – Former Community branch president
  • Ian James – Community activist and former health & safety rep


You can watch the speeches are campaign founders gave to conference below:

Following our conference, we held a campaign planning meeting in October with our key members who founded the campaign, as well as our General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss.

Throughout the day we reflected on the speeches from conference about mental health, and held a group discussion about our experiences in the workplace and wider society.

The group then discussed how best to take the campaign forward as a major priority campaign that engages every part of the union.