- Former trade union full time officer (BMA, AUT, NASUWT, NAHT)
- Now HR Director in a consultancy service for Schools
- MA from Keele in Industrial Relations and employment law
- Biker and advanced rider, qualified Observer for IAM
Whether it’s possible to own too many books on trades unions and the labour movement
- How many more books I can get in the house before my wife notices
- Why I’ve added this madness to the existing madness in my life
- Whether it’s do-able
Research and scholarship
Main research interests
- Employment law impact on trades unions
- Individual vs collective rights (rights?)
- Professional collectivities, collectivism and voice
- Labour movement/ trades unions/ left history
- Narratives of justice
- Militancy, organising and mobilisation theory
- Activism and social citizenship
- Professions; formation, closure, contestation
I really could go on, you know.
How did the “we” go from there? The individualisation and atomisation of collective resistance and rights-assertion within educational professional TU collectivisms in the 21st Century.
From blowing the whistle to whistleblowers: a tale of rights, reductionism and receding radicalism within educational trades unionism
Focus - on the impact on narratives of collectivism within a comparator study of education professionals across sectors and time (and possibly too much research ambition) of the late 20th and early 21st C suite of individual employment rights.
A study of where the “we” went and how TU lay and FTO structures and conceptualisations of the individual vs collective boundary are influenced and constrained by an individual rights discourse.