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Ross Clark becomes President of Community

19th February 2020

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve the union…”

Ross Clark is the new president of Community. He was confirmed as president at Community’s National Executive Council today (19 February). The convention within Community is for its vice president to become president. Ross had served as vice president for the past two years.

Ross is one of the longest standing steel members within Community. Becoming a member on his first day at the steelworks, Ross has seen many changes in the steel industry throughout his career. Holding multiple roles within his union branch Ross is now a branch secretary within Liberty Steel at Dalzell. He previously served as a health & safety rep for his branch. He has been on the NEC since 2015.

Picture of Ross Clark speaking at the TUC

Ross Clark speaking at the TUC Congress

Ross said:

“When I first joined the union over 42 years ago, I never would have thought I would get to this level. This is certainly the pinnacle of my time in the union. It’s so much of an honour and I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve the union in this way.

“This is not the only good news I’ve had this week. I’ve also become a grandad on Monday, after my daughter gave birth to her son. So I will certainly remember these days for years to come.”

In his spare time Ross is an avid golfer, but also enjoys travelling with his (growing) family.

Ross takes over from Pete Hobson who served as president from 2018-20, including chairing the union’s conference in Liverpool last year.

As Ross vacated his vice president role, a new vice president has also been elected. Dean Cox was nominated unopposed by his colleagues on the NEC.

A former Kidderminster carpet worker, Dean is a Community branch secretary in the West Midlands. He’s a longstanding activist and roving rep for Community, supporting many individual members in his area at disciplinary and grievance meetings. This is Dean’s second period of membership of Community’s NEC havng previously served for a number of years following election in 2007. He successfully stood again in 2017 for the 2018-2022 term.