Unite is the largest union in the UK, with about 1.5 million members in the private and public sectors. It is the product of a merger between Amicus and TGWU.
Bud Hudspith has been dealing with trade union health and safety issues for over 30 years. His job is to represent Unite at various levels and provide information, advice and guidance to Unite Officials and Safety Representatives. This involves visiting workplaces and representing members in discussions with employers, as well as sitting on various committees.
His current Committee membership includes:
Within Unite, industrial sectors covered include Graphical, Paper and Media; Metals; Chemicals (including Rubber); Aerospace and Shipbuilding; Electrical, Engineering and Electronics (including semiconductors), IT and Communications; Energy and Utilities: Vehicle Building and Automotive; Motor Components; Finance and Legal.
He represents Unite on various European health and safety matters concerning silica dust, the steel industry, and printing and paper machine safety; leads for Unite on REACH, Corporate Manslaughter and Directors H&S Duties; and has a particular interest in behavioural safety. In 1999 he received the ROSPA Distinguished Service Award for Health and Safety.
Dan Shears is the National HS&E Research and Policy Officer for the GMB Trade Union, a position he has held since January 2008. In this role he covers industries from the Utilities Sector to Construction sites, and workplaces from paper mills and power stations to construction sites and casinos.
Before joining GMB, Dan worked for the Health and Safety Executive for 8 years, both in the field in London and the South East, and as a policymaker. His particular fields of interest are worker involvement, domestic gas safety, and asbestos management.
David Workman is currently Director General of the Confederation of Paper Industries, a position to which he was appointed in April 2010. He was previously Director General of the British Glass Manufacturers Confederation, a post he held between 2001 and 2010. Additionally he was the President of the Glass Industry’s Brussels based European trade association, CPIV, between 2004 and 2009.
His earlier career was spent working within the printing and glass industries in numerous sales and marketing roles, culmination in his appointment as Sales and Marketing Director of the UK’s largest glass container company, Rockware Glass, in 1995, a position which he held until 2001.
Andrew worked at Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill, Lincoln for 10 years up to 1997, when he was made redundant following the mill closure. His initial interest in health and safety developed after being appointed as a Safety Representatives for the company. After leaving Arjo Wiggins, he successfully completed his NEBOSH qualifications and was appointed Safety Manager for a corrugated company in the North West.
In 1999 he joined the Paper Federation of Great Britain, where he spent the first year auditing Member sites of the Recovered Paper Sector, providing each site with a unique follow-up report and recommendations. In 2000 the Paper Federation of Great Britain, brought together four long-established industry trade associations to become the Confederation of Paper Industries, and in 2005 Andrew was promoted to Head of Health and Safety. His current role covers all 4 sectors, Papermaking, Tissue, Corrugated and the Recovered Paper Sector, and while each sector will claim to have its own “unique problems,” in reality a lot of the health and safety issues are common to all.
More recently Andrew’s role has changed to include Social Affairs, and in June 2011 he was appointed as CPI Director of Health, Safety and Social Affairs
Andrew has been an active Member of PABIAC, since 2001 representing the Trade Association and has played a leading role in the recent restructuring of PABIAC and in developing PABIAC’s Strategic targets over the last 6 years.
Gary has worked at DS Smith Paper for 18 years. He has been the sites senior Trade Union official for 12 of those years. Gary has worked closely with the Company in designing and implementing “making paper safely” at his site at Kemsley paper mill. Gary is a strong believer that employee involvement and Trade Union safety Rep knowledge is the key to working together in partnership with the Company. Gary also sits on the National Industrial sector committee for the paper and print section for Unite the Union. Gary is married with two children and lives in Kent.