Beth Farhat is regional secretary of the National Education Union Northern Region, representing 24,000 education professionals in the region, the majority will be teachers. As a member of the senior management team Beth provides strategic leadership for the region to ensure the union is a formidable force in the region, an inclusive organising union which builds strength in the workplace, promotes issue-based bargaining, supports members collectively and as individuals and is supportive of elected officers.
Beth worked at the TUC from 2003 and held range of posts within unionlearn (the TUC’s learning and skills arm). She managed the region’s flagship Learning for All Fund, which was responsible for supporting over 1 million adults in the region back into learning via the union route.
She was appointed regional secretary of the Northern TUC in 2013 representing 58 trade unions and 400,000 members in the northern region. Under Beth’s leadership the Northern TUC coordinated the Better Health at Work Award on behalf of the north east and Cumbria which currently has over 420 employers and their 230,000 employees engaged in the workplace health and wellbeing programme aimed to improve public health and tackle health inequality.
Beth began her working life as an apprentice through a programme managed by the North East Chamber of Commerce in 1997. She became a UNITE the union workplace representative at the age of 20.
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