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Our Regional Executive Committee

Within each CWU Region there is Regional Executive Committee who oversee the work of the Region in between full Regional Committee meetings.

Our Regional Executive Committee comprises of the following elected representatives:


Regional Secretary

John Woodhouse,

Welcome to the North East Regional website.

My role as Regional Secretary is to be the principal representative of CWU HQ in the Region, and to co-ordinate all CWU activity within the Region. This covers all issues of policy, structure and organising by co-ordinating Branches, the Regional Executive and Regional Sub-Committees.

Regional Assistant Secretary

Trish Vollans,

My primary roles are to deputise for the Regional Secretary when John isn't available and to take a lead for all on Equality. I work with the NE Equality Leads on their objectives and by developing links with the national Equality, Education, Training and Development team. I support the Regional Secretary and the Lead Regional Representatives on communications and campaigns.

Regional Chair

Joanne Shaftoe,

I'm from the Tyne & Wear Clerical Branch and I run our quarterly full regional meetings as well as the regional conference. I take shared responsibility with the Regional Secretary in communicating with branches and regional activists.  You can contact me to communicate something out on your behalf. I am also elected to the Northern TUC Executive Council and regularly attend those meetings and conference.

Regional Financial Secretary

Paul Leckey,

Hi, I am currently CWU Area Distribution Representative and branch finance officer for CWU Newcastle Amalgamated Branch
My role for the Region is to ensure that its finances are conducted in strict accordance with the rules and policies of the Union.
I have one simple rule which is all monies spent must be justifiable to our members

Regional Political Officer

Asghar Khan,

My name is Asghar Khan your regional political lead.

I’ve been a Labour Party and trade union member and activist for many years. I’m a postal worker from Leeds, - the CWU Leeds No1 branch- and a local Labour Councillor in Leeds.

I am currently the Lord Mayor of Leeds 2021-2022.

Regional Lead – Women

Kath Kelly,

Hi, my name is Kath Kelly your regional lead and would like to formally introduce myself . I was the very first women’s officer for my branch Newcastle Amal back in 2003 I then joined women’s advisory committee in 2007. I believe that we can go far with our ideas to help and encourage women within our industries.

Regional Lead – BAME

Steve Islam,

Hi, I'm Steve Islam and I'm the Regional Executive Lead for BAME - Black, Asian and

Minority Ethnicity.

I am the CWU BAME Rep and IR Rep for Newcastle Amal. My main aim is to contact all the branches and find out why they do not have a BAME Rep and then try to get someone to take up the roll in their branch. I will be soon trying to set up a WhatsApp group for the Northeast BAME officers as myself has already joined the national group.

Regional Lead – LGBT

Liza Midgley,


Hi my name is Liza Midgley I’m the North East LGBT+ Regional Lead. I want to be a role model for kindness and inclusion, create a safe places.

I’m proud of be the lead and be a part of the CWU.

Regional Lead – Disability

Pete Sharrocks,

I am Pete Sharrocks, your Regional Executive Disability Lead. I am grateful for the opportunity to carry on the work I started when I was a member of the DAC (Disability Advisory Committee). I will be working with branches to support and gain improvements where I can.
In order to do this and allow us to get the best for you, I need your help.
If you have a disability could you please register what your disability is? This can be done through your branch disability or equality rep or direct with HQ. By registering your disability it will help us immensely to build a better disability plan for the region.

Regional Lead – Young Workers

Quincy Raymond,

Hi, I'm Quincy and I'm the Regional Executive Lead for Young Workers.

We have two Regional Assistant Lead, Alex and James. We are committee represented by young workers from 16 branches within the North East. We discuss issues and campaigns that are important to our members. Our latest campaigns is around housing, mental health and training.

Regional Lead – Retired Members

Danny McGougan,


Hiya, I was a postman for 29 years at Leeds Mail Centre I Retired 3 years ago I was area rep for 20 of these years I took over the role of Retired Members lead last year and hopefully when this pandemic is over we can get th committee up and running  

Regional Lead – Health and Safety

Barrie Jenkin,


Regional Lead – Education, Learning & Training

Bev Walmsley,

I'm based at Leeds Mail centre but also work at my Branch office as the lead learning rep for Leeds No1 Amal branch. My role is to support and encourage our members and reps to access learning, this could be anything from helping them use a new smartphone to gaining a degree.

My aim for the future of learning is to continue to promote education within the workplace and to enable all our reps to be trained to a high standard.