NIPSA is your local public service union, covering civil and public service employers in Northern Ireland. NIPSA represents staff in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Health and Social Care, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Education and Library Boards, District Councils, Non Departmental Public Bodies, Housing Associations and the Voluntary Sector. We are the largest trade union in Northern Ireland with over 41,000 members of whom over 65% are women. If you work full-time, part-time, term-time, or are on a temporary contract you should join NIPSA – the benefits are the same.
Who's Who in NIPSA
General Council Officers 2017/2018
President: Carmel Gates
Vice-President: Helena McSherry
Honorary Treasurer: John Toal
Civil Service Group Officers 2017/2018
Chairperson: Maria Morgan
Vice-Chairpersons: Tina Creaney, Denise Crilly
Public Service Group Officers 2017/2018
Chairperson: Alanagh Rea
Vice Chairperson: K Loughran, Michael O'Kane
Secretariat at 1st June 2018
Alison Millar is NIPSA’s General Secretary and is charged with supervising the general work of the union as well as overall responsibility for the management of all the staff and finances. She is NIPSA’s main representative on many of the civil and public service negotiating bodies and is active at various levels within the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Deputy General Secretary
Kieran Bannon, has strategic and management responsibility for the Public Officers’ Group including Health, Housing, Libraries NI, Local Government and Education. Given the significant issues in the Education Authority, Kieran has day to day responsibility for the Education Authority and the Further Education Sector. He has overall responsibility for the NIPSA Regional Office in Derry
John McVey, Policy and Research Officer, has responsibility for the development of research based policies and positions on all matters of political and public discussion impacting upon the public sector.
Assistant Secretaries: Civil Service Group
Tony McMullan, Assistant Secretary, is responsible for the following departments. Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Finance, The Executive Office, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Northern Ireland Assembly, NIPSA IT Consultative Committee (ITCC)
Antoinette McMillen, Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for Department of Justice, Department of Infrastructure, Invest NI, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Public Prosecution Service.
Dooley Harte, Assistant Secretary (Acting), has responsibility for Aramark, Construction Industry Training Board, Cross Border Bodies, Probation Board, Northern Ireland Authority Utility Regulator, Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, NSL, Tourism Northern Ireland, Commissioner for Complaints, Electoral Office and Equality Commission.
Assistant Secretaries: Public Officers' Group
Paddy Mackel, Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for Housing, Local Government and Libraries NI. In Local Government.
Kevin McCabe, Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for Health Service and the Voluntary and Community Sector. He is also a Joint Secretary to the various HSC negotiating bodies.
Assistant Secretaries: Organisation and Administration
Geraldine Alexander, Assistant Secretary has responsibility for a range of matters, including Equal Opportunities, Human Rights, Global Solidarity, Health and Safety, Youth and LGB&T matters plus Headquarters Office Services.
Higher Executive Officers
Catherine Arkinson, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Northern Health Trust, Housing Associations, Statutory and Voluntary Bodies.
Tommy Brownlee, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Southern Health Trust, HSCB, BSO, RQIA, PCC, Statutory and Voluntary Bodies.
Naomi Connor, Higher Executive Officer (Temporary), has responsibility for Antrim and Newtownabbey; Lisburn and Castlereagh, Belfast Councils and Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), together with retaining responsibility for NIPSA Training Programme.
Kim Graham, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Newry, Mourne and Down, North Down and Ards and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils, NI Fire and Rescue Service, SERCO, NILGOSC and Local Government Staff Commission.
Róisín Graham, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Education Authority: Belfast Region, Northern Regional College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Linehall Library, NILA, NICIE. Róisín is also NIPSA Union Learning Project Coordinator.
Kevin Kelly, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Education Authority: South Eastern Region, CCEA, CCMS, Queen’s University, Stranmills College, South Eastern Regional Southern Regional College
Alan Law, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Western Health & Social Care Trust, North West College, Causeway Coast & Glenns, Derry & Strabane and Mid & East Antrim Councils.
Joan Munton, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for Education Authority (Western Region), South West FE College, Fermanagh & Omagh and Mid Ulster Councils.
Terry Thomas, Higher Executive Officer, has responsibility for South Eastern Trust, Belfast Trust, Statutory and Voluntary Bodies.
Ryan Wilson, Higher Executive Officer (Temporary), is responsible for SERCO, National Museums Northern Ireland, Sports NI, Health and Safety Executive, Noonan (NICS contract), NI Audit Office, United Dairy Farmers, Labour Relations Agency, Police Federation, Police Ombudsman, Armagh Planetarium, Arts Council, Northern Ireland Screen and the General Consumer Council.
Mairéad Donnelly, Executive Officer, (part time), is responsible for NIPSA’s Legal and Membership Services, Welfare Fund. She is also responsible for servicing of the Public Officers Group Executive Committee.
Terence McAteer, Executive Officer, is responsible for graphic design, print and web.
Wendy McCallum, Executive Officer Membership, who also is responsible for membership records.
Aidan McDonnell, Executive Officer, Advice and Information Unit. He is also responsible for servicing the General Council.
Claire McDonnell, Executive Officer Finance (Temporary), administers NIPSA’s Finance Department.
Lesley-Anne Scott, Executive Officer (Temporary), is responsible for typing and secretarial services, reprographics, and office services. She is also responsible for servicing the Civil Service Group Executive Committee.