Management Committee

Peter Ackers

Peter Ackers is Professor of Employment Relations at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University. His article, 'Gramsci at the miners’ strike: remembering the 1984–1985 Eurocommunist alternative industrial relations strategy', was published in Labor History, 11 March 2014. Peter has been engaged on three projects. With Stewart Johnstone he edited Finding a Voice: New Perspectives on Employment Relations (Oxford University Press 2015). With Alastair Reid he is working on an ‘Other Worlds of Labour’ edited collection for Palgrave, which challenges state socialist readings of twentieth-century British labour by exploring traditions of organising within civil society, such as trade unions, co-operatives, religious non-conformity, and women’s community action. Peter is also working on a biographical study of Professor Hugh Clegg, a leading academic and public policy figure during the ‘crisis’ of post-war British industrial relations. 

John Edmonds

John Edmonds was, until 2003, General Secretary of the GMB Trade Union. He was at various times President and Vice-President of TUC and a member of the Executive of the European TUC. John is also a Visiting Fellow in Industrial Relations at King's College London. Nowadays, he concentrates on environmental issues as chair of the Inland Waterways Advisory Council, as Board Member of the Carbon Trust and of Salix Finance, which promotes energy saving projects in the public sector. He recently chaired the Aldersgate Group's working group on Skills. John is Chair of the Trade Union Forum Management Committee.

Michael Gold

Michael Gold is Professor of Comparative Employment Relations at Royal Holloway University of London, specialising principally in EU employment policy and employee participation. He currently co-chairs the history of industrial relations study group on behalf of the British Universities’ Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA). Michael has always been active in his union (currently UCU) and for eight years was a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, five of which as leader of the Labour group. He also stood as a Labour Party parliamentary candidate in 1987 and 1992.

Denis Gregory

Denis Gregory teaches Labour Relations and Economics at Ruskin College, Oxford. He is the Director of the Trade Union Research Unit (TURU) and was the Academic Co-ordinator for the BA in Law and International Labour and Trade Union Studies at Ruskin until 2010. He has published widely in the areas of industrial relations, work organisation and industrial economics. He has acted as a collective bargaining consultant to unions for many years in a range of industries and services. Denis works extensively as a trainer and consultant to assist both unions and management in developing social dialogue and employee engagement agreements and practice.

Roger Jeary

Roger Jeary worked for 33 years in the trade union movement as a negotiator regionally and nationally and, prior to retirement from UNITE, was their Director of Policy and Research for eight years. Roger has a post-graduate degree in Industrial Relations Structures and Employment Law and is a Trustee Director at ShareAction, a charitable trust campaigning for responsible investment. Currently, he is working on an EU Research project for the TUC on WorkAge, identifying workplace interventions to improve the working environment for older workers. He is a member of the Manufacturing Policy Panel of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and occasionally blogs for the Institute of Employment Rights. He is a member of the Independent Arbitrators Panel for ACAS.

James Moher

James Moher was an active union official for over 30 years (T&GWU and NCU/CWU), latterly as national Political and Legal Secretary. From 2002 he was an elected councillor, and later a Cabinet member, at the London Borough of Brent, until 2014. He was a Parliamentary candidate for Labour in the 1992 general election. He stepped down from the Council in 2014 to concentrate on his abiding interest in the history of the trade union and labour movement. Jim studied part-time at the University of London and obtained a PhD in the London Millwrights against whom the first Combination Bill 1799 was brought. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London and for two terms, 2015-16, will be a Commoner Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge. He is a regular contributor to the History & Policy website and is working on a biography of Lord Walter Citrine, the TUC's most distinguished General Secretary.

Alastair Reid

Alastair J. Reid is a Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge where he was Director of Studies in History for many years.  His main research has been in the field of British trade union and labour history. He has published an innovative survey for Penguin, 'United We Stand. A History of British Trade Unions' (2005), and a challenging case study of the shipbuilding industry, 'The Tide of Democracy. Shipyard Workers and Social Relations in Britain, 1870-1950' (2010). He has always been very interested in how history can help us to understand the present and possibly even anticipate the future, and was a co-founder of History & Policy in 2002. With Peter Ackers he has recently co-edited 'Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain. Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century' (2016).

Dr Adrian Williamson QC

Adrian Williamson QC has practised as a commercial barrister since 1985. He completed his PhD at Cambridge in 2014, supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. This is now published as Conservative Economic Policymaking and the Birth of Thatcherism, 1964-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan: 2015). He has also published on the Bullock Report on Industrial Democracy.


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