Former General Secretary Of ACUA
Branch Chair of Cambridge University Unite the Union
Andrew retired from the University on 1st March 2021 after (32 years of service) as Chief Research Technician, X-ray, in the Department of Materials Science and Technology.
Andrew represented University Assistant staff on many committees including UAJB, University Sub-committee for Ionising and non-ionising radiation. In 2005, as part of the University Partnership Working Group, he helped to negotiate the introduction of the single pay spine and harmonisation, which saw more assistant staff roles uplifted than any other University in the London and Eastern Region.
He became General Secretary of ACUA (Association of Cambridge University Assistants) in 2001 and held that post until ACUA merged with AMICUS (now Unite the Union) in 2006. A merger which he managed to the benefit of ACUA members, ensuring that they pay a lower membership fee for many years after the merger took place. The merger also ensured that the members which ACUA represented at the time, continued to have representation at wage negotiations which by then had moved to a national level.
He became Chair of Cambridge University Unite branch in 2008
He has represented Cambridge University Unite both nationally, as a member of the National Education Industrial Sector Committee, and regionally, as a key member of the Regional Sector Committee.
Andrew has always shown a pragmatic approach towards trade unionism, but this has not prevented him from “calling a spade a spade” when the occasion has called for it. As a union caseworker, he has supported Unite members through countless difficult cases, and as a member of the UAJB, he has sat on many UAJB panels.
Due to COVID Unite Branch Officer elections will not be held until Spring 2022. Andrew has kindly agreed to remain as Cambridge University Unite Branch Chair until then.
We would like to thank him for his continuing support and wish him a very happy retirement in the future.
27th August 2021