Ian Ellis awarded the long service award

Her Majesty’s Prison/Young Offender Institution Doncaster Branch Secretary Ian Ellis has been awarded with a Community Meritorious Shield by the National Executive in recognition of his 18 years of service. 

Ian was a Workplace Rep from 2005 before taking on the role of Branch Secretary in 2014. 

He was presented with the award at the February meeting of the Justice and Custodial Committee at The Grange, Earls Barton, by Committee Chair Nick Hunt and General Secretary Roy Rickhuss. 

Nick said:

“Ian has worked tirelessly on behalf of the branch to represent and uphold the values of Community. 

“His knowledge of the site and people have been invaluable to Reps and the countless members he has represented over the years. His knowledge and acumen have helped guide them through the most difficult of times.   

“Ian has also been pivotal in his work nationally, as part of the Justice and Custodial Sector Committee, introducing campaigns such as the Safer Justice campaign to make batons, body-worn video cameras and PAVA spray available to members. 

“Let’s not forget his other work, including the national pay talks committee, where he has recently achieved a long-held goal of an improvement to the starting rate of pay and proper increments for the sector. 

“Through a tumultuous period in the life of both HMP/YOI Doncaster and the private justice sector in general, most recently with COVID restrictions, Ian has stood as a rock for members, and has been a great credit to himself and the wider union. 

“He is thoroughly deserving of this award.”

Ian (third from right) is pictured with (front row from left) General Secretary Roy Rickhuss CBE, Bob Tomkins, Executive Administrator Angela May, Lori-Anne Button, Nick Hunt (Committee Chair and NEC member), Dave Bushell and (back row) Roger Corby, James Tulip, Caroline Armstrong, National Officer Adrian Axtell, Tim Oxford and Janet Sarsfield.   

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