Please note, as a result of the Covid-19 situation, many of our activists will be working on site or remotely for the forseeable future, but we will be monitoring so feel free to email us or call 01273 64 2450.


Chairs Martin Loftus, Sian Williams
Secretary, Membership Officer, Communications Officer Ivan Bonsell
Treasurer Dawn Whitaker
Labour Link Officer Sarah Pickett
Equality Co-ordinator Emily Brooks
Health and Safety Officer Alan Dilley
Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator, Education Co-ordinator Cathy Peters
Black Members’ Officer Jean Bosco Ndayizeye
Women’s Officers Debbie Neale, Jodie Jones, Charlene Tanton
LGBT+ Officer Sarah Pickett
Young Members’ Officer Shannon Fay
Retired Members’ Secretary Mike Adams, contact:


Stewards and Health and Safety representatives
Eastbourne John Kitcher
Eastbourne Marco Troiani
Falmer Mandy Williams
Falmer Sian Williams
Falmer Richard Smith
City Campus Richard Clayton
Moulsecoomb Ivan Bonsell
Moulsecoomb Martin Loftus
Moulsecoomb Maurizio Valeri
Moulsecoomb Emily Brooks
Moulsecoomb Kevin Pullinger
Moulsecoomb (Health and Safety Rep) Alan Dilley
Moulsecoomb Lise Loftus
Moulsecoomb (Health and Safety Rep) Nixon Dube
Moulsecoomb Debbie Neale
Moulsecoomb (Health and Safety Rep) Dawn Whitaker
Moulsecoomb Rob Borland
Students’ Union Sarah Pickett


Vacant positions (click to view information about roles)
International Officer Contact us if you’re interested in this role
Welfare Officer Contact us if you’re interested in this role
Disability Officer Contact us if you’re interested in this role

You can phone the office on 01273 64 2450

  4 comments for “Contacts

  1. Jill
    July 14, 2018 at 21:43

    Hi I’m an existing UNISON member and have been for many years and would love one of the pride lanyards. I attended Salford’s pride event but they had non left – a little annoying as a load of children were wearing them who can’t possibly be members! Please can you let me know how to get one? Many thanks Jill

    • Ivan Bonsell
      July 16, 2018 at 10:09

      Hi Jill,

      We’re in the process of getting some more because we’ve temporarily run out. Are you a member of our branch? If not, just email your address to us,, and we’ll post you one.

  2. Louise
    February 14, 2020 at 11:47

    Dear UNISON and Unison members at Brighton University,

    We voted 78.1% in favour of strike action over pay on a 51.4% turnout, but unfortunately, the national turnout was nowhere near good enough, so the debate continues over what we should do in the future.

    UCU members at the University have been asked to take 14 days of further strike action during February and March and these have now been confirmed as:

    Week 1: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February
    Week 2: Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February
    Week 3: Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
    Week 4: Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March.

    I would like to support UCU and would like to suggest that as Unison members we refuse to cross the picket line on one or more of the dates to help them. Too many of us are used to support the students during these strikes so they are not as effective. Let’s make them more effective for our UCU colleagues.

    • Ivan Bonsell
      February 17, 2020 at 10:26

      Hi Louise,
      Thanks for your comments. You make some important points.

      You’re right that we did vote overwhelmingly for strike action alongside UCU and if we had done that as a disaggregate ballot we would also be calling on our members to take strike action. We would, of course, have considered the best tactics to use, given the situation of all our members. It’s frustrating that this didn’t happen since we, mistakenly in the opinion of this branch, opted for an aggregate ballot. We’ve since dealt with that by committing UNISON to organise disaggregate ballots next time and we’re already looking to the 2020-21 pay settlement. We can’t afford another situation where we do without a real terms pay rise.

      As it stands, we’re in a ridiculous situation where UCU are striking over the same issue that we voted to strike over, but we can’t legally take action.

      There are two concrete things UNISON members can do:

      1. Make sure that you’re not doing any work that a UCU member would normally do. We can’t and won’t cover for striking UCU members which would weaken the effectiveness of the strike. This doesn’t mean ignoring students, but it does mean not doing things that aren’t happening because of the strike action.

      2. Donate to UCU’s hardship fund. This is being used to support UCU strikers who are in financial hardship as a result of the strikes. If you can afford to give a day’s wages then this will go to support them, and for UCU members, losing 14 days’ pay on top of that already lost is a massive financial sacrifice to make sure this strike is won. If you can’t manage a day’s wages, please contribute whatever you can.

      It’s important that we do whatever we can, legally, to support UCU. Happy to discuss further if you have any questions.

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