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National CWUYouth Committee

The CWUYouth exists to co-ordinate and advance the interests of our 22,500 members under the age of 30. Its 10 members are annually elected by Conference each year and they are augmented by 2 members of the National Executive Council and supported by an officerial team at head office.

Let us introduce you to the current committee:

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Ben Abrams

Youth Committee Chair
Branch: Leeds No 1 Amal
Region: North East
Employer: Parcelforce

I work for Parcelforce Worldwide. I am a Labour Party and Co-op party member and also Young Labour national committee rep.

I've been an active member of the CWU since 2011 and hold the positions of Branch youth Officer and Regional Youth Secretary. I am honoured to have been elected chair of the National Youth Committee this July. I also represent the CWU on Young Labours National Committee.

I have a keen interest in cooking and actually grow a lot of my own vegetables on my allotment!

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Charlotte Regan

Youth Committee Vice Chair
Branch: Greater London Combined
Region: London
Employer: BT Openreach

I work for Openreach and am on full time union duties for the CWU. My branch is Greater London Combined. I have been actively involved in the union for 6years and this is my 4th year on the committee. I hope the year ahead is positive and that we can get more young members to our events to show them the importance of having a voice.

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Chantelle McNally

Youth Committee Vice Chair
Branch: Scotland No 1
Region: Scotland
Employer: O2 Capita

My Name is Chantelle McNally and I have been part of the CWU for nearly 6 years, I work for O2 Capita and I was part of the TUPE transfer between Telefonica and Capita.

I am the assistant secretary for my section, Branch youth officer, Scottish regional youth chair, Union learning rep, Chair of ROC and I am on full time release. I have also been on the national youth committee for the past few years.

I have attended and completed the Equality & Diversity course, Union skills 1 & 2 and also ULR 1 & 2. My next aim is to attend the advanced skills courses over the next year.

Over the past few years my knowledge of trade union activities has broadened and I am keen to keep learning more.

I got involved in the CWU as I was experiencing work place issues and decided the best way to change things was to get involved. I started off as a work place rep and a committee member in the O2 call centre in Glasgow. After attending my first Annual conference I decided that I wanted to get more involved in the youth movement and stood for election as the branch youth officer and then for national youth committee.

My aim for going forward is to get as many youth members as possible involved and help them develop into the reps of the future and that's why I am seeking re-election to national youth committee.

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Alan Bebbington
Branch: Cheshire No 1
Region: North West
Employer: Royal Mail

I am currently the branch youth rep for the branch, IR rep for my delivery office and also a national members auditor.

I have been working for Royal Mail in delivery for 6 years and have been actively involved in the union for over 4 years.

My hobbies include online gaming, watching films and going out socialising.

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Jake Fear

Branch: South Wales
Region: Wales
Employer: BT Openreach

Hi my names Jake Fear and I work for BT Openreach in West Wales as a customer service engineer and am a Branch Youth Officer for the South Wales Branch. I joined the CWU in 2011 and have been active since 2013. I enjoy motorsports especially motocross and travel around the U.K in my spare time watching major events. I also enjoy music and play the guitar, not very well though!

Being part of the CWU Youth Committee is a huge privilege and am excited for the oncoming year. I hope to network myself with more people and learn new skills I need to progress me. The CWU Youth is a great way to do this as they hold some amazing events throughout the year and everybody is so supportive. I feel grateful for this opportunity and I hope more young member will get involved this year and come and see what we have to offer.

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Dan Harris

Branch: The Great Western Branch
Region: South West
Employer: BT Openreach

I have been in the union since the day I joined BT in 2007 and have been active since day 1, I started by attending committee meetings and now I currently have completed a wide range of courses and now sit on the South West Youth Regional Committee, National Youth Committee and also hold the seat in my branch as Youth Officer.

In my spare time I train and play rugby for a local side. I have just recently had a lovely daughter and I am sure she now will take the rest of any spare time.

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Taz Hussain

Branch: Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester
Region: Midlands
Employer: BT Retail

I work for BT retail at the Sandwell call centre and have been there since September 2012. I work within the Early Life My Order Department.

I have been with the Union since 2012 and active from November 2012 doing the Safety Rep role.

I have recently been selected on the National Youth Committee and this has really excited me. I am looking forward to the coming year and will input as much as I can within the committee. I would like the CWU youth to become bigger and stronger as time goes on and I hope we can engage with as much youth as we can.

I enjoy various sports including football, cricket, snooker and the list can go on. I am becoming a gym freak and I think I need to control myself as most my spare time is being spent in the gym. I like to go out and socialise in various ways.

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Colm McAuley

Branch: Northern Ireland Combined
Region: Northern Ireland
I am currently the branch youth rep for the branch. I am a member of the National Youth Committee.

I am 25 years old, married and have 3 kids; 8 years old and 2 year old twins!

I have been working for Royal Mail delivery for 6 years and have been actively involved in the union for 3.5 years.

I am also a keen sportsman as I play soccer GAA and Aussie Rules. I follow Glasgow Celtic Football Club.

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Becca Hufton

Branch: Kent Invicta
Region: South East
Employer: Royal Mail

My name is Becca Hufton and my branch is Kent Invicta. I currently work at Medway mail centre where, not only am I the youth rep, I hold an IR position. I have been in the union for a total of 18 months, and have become more active over this time.

When not in the office I enjoy hiking, reading, festivals and being active in the union. Whilst part of the National Youth Committee, I hope to see an increase in our youth members in order for us to gain a more productive stance.

Head Office Support:

Brendan O'Brien, NEC
Carl Maden, NEC

Simon Sapper, National Officer
Jo Thair, PA

Head office Contact Email: youth@cwu.org

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