The Convention, Who We Are
Former National Secretary of Prospect the trade union for professionals, and was responsible for 12,000 members in both public and private sectors, particularly energy and defence. She was a member of STUC General Council, and Chair of Scottish Union Learning Board. She was also formerly STUC President and was also a member of the Scottish Government's Strategic Group on Women and Work and a Director of Skills Development Scotland. Anne is currently a Director of Scotland's Futures Forum and a member of the Employment Tribunal Service. She has a particular interest in gender segregation and is keen to ensure that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are seen as attractive to women to study, but also to pursue careers in and be able to progress to senior levels.
Linda holds a number of non-executive roles, bringing business experience with a background as a former lawyer to the board table. She is currently Chairman of Edinburgh based law firm Morton Fraser (where she was previously the firm's Chief Executive for eleven years), Chairman of Investors in People Scotland, a board member of the CBI and Scottish Enterprise, a non-executive director of Scottish private bank Adam and Co and Edinburgh Airport Limited, and a member of the Edinburgh Business Forum. In the charitable sector, Linda is a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Royal Scottish Academy Foundation and an Ambassador for Girlguiding UK.
Deputy Regional Secretary - Scotland, Unite
Mary is Deputy Regional Secretary, Scotland, Unite the Union, and runs the Edinburgh office of UNITE. She has a background in the finance sector, extensive experience in representation and advocacy, and extensive knowledge of changes in management and HR practices. Mary has recently served as a member of the 'Working Together Review - Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland' before being asked to participate in the Fair Work Convention. Mary has much experience of campaigning on issues relating to equality and the workplace. She has a degree in International Development and an MA in West African politics, and a strong interest in international development and fair trade.
Professor Patricia Findlay
University of Strathclyde
Patricia is Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research and is Professor of Work and Employment Relations at the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School, where she also leads the 'Innovating Works' programme and the Fair, Innovative and Transformative work (FITwork) programme. Her research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. Workplace innovation is central to her current research activity, with specific focus on four key dimensions: job quality and how this can be improved; workplace skills and learning; improving equality; and industrial relations governance within and outwith the workplace. Professor Findlay is a longstanding member of Employment Tribunals Scotland and a current member of the Scotland Can Do Innovation Forum. She was a member of the Working Together Review Group and is both a member of, and Academic Adviser to, the Fair Work Convention.
Scottish Convener, Unison
Lilian is Convener of UNISON Scotland and the Employee Director for NHS Lanarkshire where she has been employed as a health worker for over 30 years. Lilian is a member of the STUC General Council and co-chair of the NHS Scottish Partnership Forum. She recently served as a member of the 'Working Together Review - Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland' before being asked to participate in the Fair Work Convention. Lilian graduated from Caledonian University in 2011 with an MSc in Human Resource Management.
Chief Executive, Perth and Kinross Council
Bernadette took up the post of Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council on 1 May 2003. She has worked in Local Government since 1990. Bernadette is a past Chair of Solace Scotland, and is the Solace portfolio holder for Scrutiny, Best Value and Performance and attends the Accounts Commission Strategic Co-ordinating Group. She is the national lead for developing a new approach to Employee Engagement for the public sector in Scotland. She is past Chair of the National GIRFEC Implementation Group, and Chairs the Perth and Kinross Children, Young People and Families Strategic Partnership. She is a member of Dundee University Court, in the capacity of Rector's Assessor.
General Manager, Michelin Dundee
John has worked at Michelin since 1988. He moved to Dundee in 1992 and in 2001 became Site Personnel Manager, working closely with the Trades Unions to create a number of innovative solutions and agreements to deal with a challenging industrial environment. In January 2010, he became General Manager, and has overseen a major transformation of the site bringing significant investment, the installation of new machinery, the recruitment of an extra 140 production workers, and the agreement of a ground breaking 'flexibility mechanism' with the workforce. The factory is now one of the benchmark plants amongst Michelin's European group.
Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Scotland
Henry joined Alzheimer Scotland as Chief Executive in August 2008, prior to this he worked as an Executive Director with ENABLE Scotland. He is a registered Social Worker, RMN and has an MBA. Henry has over twenty years' experience in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community based person-centered services. Henry has worked in both the learning disability and mental health fields. He was a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe for several years and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board. Henry was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Margaret University in July 2015.
General Secretary, STUC
Grahame was appointed General Secretary of the Scottish TUC in November 2006. He is a Graduate of Strathclyde University, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics and Industrial Relations. He serves on a number of Boards/Bodies, including: as a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills; as a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Enterprise; as a Non-Executive Director of Skills Development Scotland; as Chairperson of Scotland Europa; as a member of the UK Government's MER Oil and Gas Forum and the Scottish Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group; and as a member of the Glasgow Colleges Regional Board. He was a member of the Working Together: Progressive Workplace Policies in Scotland Review Group, and now serves on the Fair Work Convention. He also served as a member of the Wood Commission on Developing Scotland's Young Workforce and is actively involved in the implementation of the Commission's recommendations through his membership of the DYW National Group. In November 2015, Grahame received an honorary degree of Doctor of the University from the University of Strathclyde in recognition of his achievements in the field of industrial relations, economic policy and his work in knowledge exchange.