“I started working in HMP Kilmarnock a month after I turned 20, and I quickly became a member of a trade union. My first experience of trade union activism was during a dispute around wages in the area where I worked – by working closely with the local reps, we were able reach a positive outcome which benefited our members in that area.
“This inspired me to take up the challenge and became a workplace rep within my workplace, HMP Kilmarnock.
“When my previous trade union became a part of Community a newly created Justice, Custodial & Immigration Sector was formed, this opened new doors for reps like me – by networking, meeting reps from workplaces and working together nationally for the first time. I soon became the first woman to be elected to the justice sector committee and then later became chair of the committee which was a privilege to be involved with.
“In 2014, I was elected as a regional NEC member representing Community members in Scotland and Northern Ireland and became the first female NEC member for our region. During my time as NEC member I worked closely with the justice sector committee on the Safer Justice Sector campaign launching it in Holyrood and Westminster and campaigned alongside steelworkers from Tata Steel Dalzell and Clydebridge to promote the Save Our Steel campaign in Scotland.
“In 2017, I took the opportunity to join Community’s special projects team working on new initiatives and campaigns in developing sectors like cooperatives which allowed me to experience the different workplaces and organisations where Community have members.
“In January 2019, I was appointed as National Organiser for Education. I am enjoying the new challenges of managing the reps education and looking forward to seeing changes in the coming months to how we deliver the education program and provide the best learning options to our reps, members and activists.”
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