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Meet the Team

Darren James

Darren James

Position: Branch Secretary/Convenor
Email Address:
Telephone Number: 01215695990
Mobile Number: 07786126530

Bio:
In addition to his role within the branch, Darren currently sits on the NJC Pay committee representing GMB on talks around Government pay and the National Local Government Workers Committee, Regional Committee & Regional Council, he also sits on the regional Local Government activists forum  
Donna Spencer

Donna Spencer

Position: Education Convenor & Young Members Officer
Email Address:
Telephone Number: 0121 569 5990
Mobile Number: 07584619293

Bio:
Donna is our education convenor. Working in education for over 12 years she understands the issues our members in schools and early years settings face on a daily basis. Donna is also our Branch Young Members Officer. She is keen to engage with members aged 30 and under and campaign on issues which disadvantage young workers.
GMB Sandwell Workplace Representatives

GMB Sandwell Workplace Representatives

Position: Details of GMB workplace representatives

Bio:
Sandwell Council
Ajaz Ahmad - Neighbourhoods, Roway Lane Annette Greenwood - Adult Services Bev Leedham - Adult Services, systems team Margaret Garmston-Carr - IPTU Nicola Picken - Adult Services Paul Goodwin - Groundcare Penniy Picken - Adult Services Ranjit Soomal - Adult Services, systems team, Race Officer Sam Fagan - Revenues & Benefits
Schools
Debbie Ferris - Schools rep Julie Birley - Academy rep Lorraine Thompson - Schools rep Nickie Greensill - Academy rep Wendy Fielding - Schools rep
SERCO
Simon Gardner - SERCO
Sandwell Leisure Trust
Graham Berry - Sandwell Leisure Trust Darrin Taggart - Sandwell Leisure Trust    
GMB Union Representatives are people who believe in standing up for fairness and helping other members in their work place. They come from a variety of backgrounds and positions in their workplace.
 
GMB Workplace Representatives usually take on the role of both Workplace Organiser (Shop Steward) and Safety Rep. Whatever role you take on, GMB will be here to support and train you.
If you want to find out more about the role please get in touch for an informal chat via branch@gmbs85sandwell.org.uk or call 07786126530
Alternatively you can also complete GMB's online enquiry form
We are keen to ensure that we are as reflective of our membership and welcome enquiries from young workers (those aged 30 or below) and workers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.

Ian Cooper

Ian Cooper

Position: Branch President
Email Address:
Telephone Number: 0121 569 5990

Bio:
Along with being Branch President, Ian has recently undertaken his GMB representative training and earlier this year was selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis for the Labour Party, although not elected at the 2019 General Election, Ian remains a dedicated community activist. Ian is on hand to respond to any enquiry relating to branch matters.
Ranjit Soomal

Ranjit Soomal

Position: Race Officer
Email Address:
Telephone Number: 0121 569 5990

Bio:
Ranjit has recently been elected as Branch Race Officer, she is keen to engage with BaME members and campaign on issues which cause disadvantage. Ranjit is on hand to assist with any enquiries and is contactable through branch office.
Sarah James

Sarah James

Position: Senior Rep/Equality Officer
Email Address:
Telephone Number: 0121 5695991
Mobile Number: 07807950451

Bio:
In addition to her role within branch, Sarah is currently GMB's equality lead for women, sitting on the National and Regional Equality Forum along with being a member of our regional womens group. Sarah is on hand to answer and assist with queries in relation to equality related issues, and to further assist members has recently completed a TUC Diploma in Equalities and an NVQ in counselling and has a qualification in Employment Law.